Yet watching it am consistently struck by something. Though the film is made in the pre-CGI age it’s not the cheesiness of the ‘glowing space ball’ effects that get me – it’s the fact that, in what is a road movie, the actors are actually on the road. In the frame capture below it’s clear that Karen Allen is actually driving a real car on a real road into a real gas station.
If the movie were made today the actors wouldn’t leave the studio. It’d be all ‘green-screen up in this b*tch.’ I get the feeling something’s being lost.
(P.S. The other thing that’s striking about Starman of course is how much the film, made a couple of years earlier, resembles The Terminator: Woman is captured, forced on the run by stranger with superior knowledge, they fall in love, she gets pregnant, he goes away…of course The Terminator is the gift that keeps on giving in that regard – there’s the Harlan Ellison lawsuit…and…well, just watch Night of the Hunter – Robert Mitchum pursues without conscience, (“nothing will stop him – he’ll keep on coming”), a young girl and boy – notice how dogs bark when he approaches).