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« on: March 01, 2007, 11:18:15 pm »

It's strange to see no mentions of this particular film... Sure, it's not COMPLETELY steampunk, but the alternate "future" does have some very cool steampunk (or at least steampunk-esque) gadgets.

For those interested, here's the IMDB article thingy: Twelve Monkeys
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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2007, 11:40:44 pm »

Though Terry Gilliam is not Steampunk, he certainly has some tendencies...
Baron Munchausen, Brazil, and 12 Monkeys all have some visual elements that come close.
The Fisher King has some elements in the plot, the conflict of an Arthurian honor-based ideal with the "modern" world feels steampunkish to me.
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« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2007, 02:42:03 am »

The time-machine in this movie has a huge steampunk feel, i believe.
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2007, 02:53:44 am »

Not only the time machine, but also the little trinkets that can be seen at the desk(s) of the... "overseer" people (forgot what they're called in the movie).
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2007, 05:47:58 am »

There is often a feel in his work that things have peaked and gone retro, relying on simpler, clunkier technology.

Interestingly he lifted someone else's designs for bits of 12 Monkeys: Lebbeus Woods' "Neomechanical Tower (Upper) Chamber" and that is a Steampunky name and a half Wink
http://www.benedict.com/Visual/Monkeys/Monkeys.aspx

On a sidenote Woods was a concept artist on Aliens 3 and that had a faded feel, in fact one of the earlier concepts would have a real delight. The producer has seen Vincent Ward's "The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey" and so Ward was brought in tow or on the script and proposed that Ripley land on a wooden moon full of glassblowing monks.
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« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2007, 07:07:28 am »

12 monkeys is based on an earlier French film La Jete which (though much shorter) is in many ways identical. That film is very dystopic, and more inline with the genre at hand than it's successor.
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2007, 07:53:36 am »

You can watch la Jetée here :
http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?docId=-7113165152671062793&hl=fr
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