The Man From Earth | Chicago Reader

The Man From Earth

A college professor, relaxing with friends and colleagues as he's about to move away, makes a startling claim: he was born during the Upper Paleolithic era, and a biological anomaly has allowed him to survive for 14,000 years without aging. Written by Jerome Bixby, whose credits include Fantastic Voyage and episodes of the original Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, this low-budget indie is a welcome return to the cerebral sci-fi that flourished in the 60s, full of ideas instead of visual effects. But it's also unbearably talky, an academic jousting session better suited to radio than the screen (Bixby completed the script on his deathbed, and his son Emerson, who served as executive producer, adamantly opposed opening up the story). Richard Schenkman directed; with David Lee Smith. 94 min.

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