Kinokratia: "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Garth Jennings

Douglas Adams became famous in no small measure thanks to Graham Chapman from the art group "Monty Python", who invited the young scriptwriter to one of the episodes of "Flying Circus". In 1978, the BBC released the radio show The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for Hitchhikers). The transfer was a phenomenal success, and in the same year Douglas Adams was awarded a number of awards: “Imperial Tobacco Award” (1978), “Sony Award” (1979), “Best Program for Young People” (1980). Some time later, he wrote a book of the same name and became one of the youngest authors to receive the Golden Pen (for 1,000,000 books sold). In 1982, the success spread far beyond the UK and later came the first film version - a six-part television production, which won awards in the categories “Best TV Graphics”, “Best VTR Editing” and “Best Sound”. The writer created the last fifth volume of the fantastic saga in 1991, having already moved to the United States in the status of a famous writer who was passionate about animal rescue, undoubtedly a cult character among gamers, thanks to the collaboration with the famous game company Infocom.


Douglas Adams

The last years of his life, Douglas Adams devotes himself to writing a new novel and helps the Disney studio to make a full-length film-film adaptation of his most famous work - “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy”. Douglas himself comments on the collaboration with the famous animation studio: “Yes, I know that Disney shot Bambi, but do not forget that he also shot Terminator. I hope that the "Guide ..." will be something between these two films ... ". Douglas Adams died at the age of 49 at his home in Santa Barbara from a heart attack on May 11, 2001.

For the voiceover film was invited Stephen Fry

The great adventure of Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) begins with the fact that he wakes up in his cozy house on the outskirts of the city from the noise of construction equipment. It turned out that his housing was to be demolished, and a high-speed highway should appear on the site of a typical bachelor dwelling. His old and almost only friend Ford Prefect (Mos Def) comes to the rescue and discourages the main character with even more news about the imminent destruction of the Earth. Ford turned out to be not a man at all, but an alien from a distant star, who arrived 15 years ago to write an article about our inconspicuous planet in the hitchhikers' guide. After some 15 minutes and a few drunk pints of beer, Arthur loses not only his home, but everyone he knew. Thanks to Ford Prefect and his skills as a traveler across the expanses of the galaxy, friends find themselves on the Vogans' ship, who are not very fond of fellow travelers, and after short tortures with Voganov's poetry they are thrown into outer space. It is an incredible coincidence that they get on the “Golden Heart” ultra-high-speed spacecraft hijacked by the odious president of the galaxy Zafod Biblbrox (Sam Rockwell), who turns out to be the closest relative of Tom Prefect. In addition to the silly Zaphod, on board the ship is suddenly Tricia McMillan (Zooey Deschanel), who recently rejected Arthur at a carnival party, as well as the depressed Marvin robot.


Shot from the movie "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

Egocentric and conceited Zaphod hijacked the ship to get to the legendary planet Magrathey and find out from the supercomputer the "main question of life, the Universe and everything else" (the answer "42" received a sverkhodarennaya race of beings after 7.5 million years of waiting). The ship hijacked by Zaphod has one peculiarity - you never know where it will fly and what it transforms after the next hyper-jump (sofa, photo of Douglas Adams or a pot of petunia).

Hero Malkovich Humma Kavula was specially invented by Adams for the film

After another random move, they get to the planet Vitriol 6, where Zaphod’s main rival in the presidential race Humma Kavula (John Malkovich) lives. In exchange for the coordinates of the Magrathea, Zafod has to leave his second head hostage and retrieve a unique device, the “airspace.” Meanwhile, a pretty dugout Trisha captured Wogans, accusing her of kidnapping the president. She is threatened with punishment on the planet of Vogspere's bureaucrats, but, fortunately, they do not have time because of the peculiarities of their own bureaucratic system, besides friends come to help in time. Mocking the situation, the main character of the film, Arthur Dent, remarks: “I am British. I'm used to any queues. ”


Shot from the movie "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

Approaching the coveted planet of Mahratay, the ship is faced with two homing missiles. An unavoidable strike was miraculously avoided by the incredible burden of the “Golden Heart” and two unknown passengers. They turned out to be a pair of mice - representatives of the supramental race, who created the once great supercomputer "Doomtel" and escaped from the destroyed Earth in the backpack of Trisha McMillan. They investigated the "answer to the main question of life, the universe and the rest," which was to solve all the problems of the Galaxy. All reasonable races, including its two “mouse” creators, were looking forward to this answer. It was obtained after seven and a half million years of computation. The mysterious answer "42" turned out to be controversial, to which the computer did not hesitate to object, replying: "What is the question, the answer is the same." Since then, the search has been directed to the formulation of the main question. It turns out that it was the destroyed planet Earth that was designed to solve all the problems.

The film sounds the legendary song of Louis Armstrong "What a wonderful world"

The answer to the “main question” has long gone beyond the scope of the work - as soon as the book fans did not interpret it! Someone thinks that in fact the arithmetic expression 6 × 9 = 42, used as an option by Arthur Dent, is not at all mistaken if we use the thirteen-fold calculus instead of the conventional decimal. Douglas Adams later said that while he was writing the book he didn’t suspect it: “Nobody writes jokes about thirteen systems. I may be a rather boring person, but I do not use the thirteen system in my jokes. ” Although in all likelihood the solution to this question is extremely simple! Once at a meeting with his fans, the famous science fiction writer said: “The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number — a regular, small number — and I chose that. The binary representation, the thirteen numeral system, the Tibetan monks - all this is complete nonsense. I sat at my desk, staring into the garden, and thought: "42 will do." And printed it. That's the whole story. ”

Quotes from the movie:

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“You know,” said Arthur, “at precisely those moments when I am locked in the airlock chamber of the Vogon spacecraft with a man with Betelgeuse, and is about to die from asphyxiation in outer space, I begin to regret not listening that my mom told me when I was little.
- And what did she tell you?
- I do not know, I did not listen.

2. “Vogon's poetry ranks third in the Universe by disgust. In second place are the Azgothic verses from the planet Kriya. During the presentation of the new masterpiece of poetessimus Khrjak of the Most Exquisite “Ode to a lump of green mucus found on my morning armpit” four attendees died from internal hemorrhage, and the chairman of the commission for awarding the Noblinging prize miraculously escaped by biting his leg. The most disgusting poems, as well as their creator, Paula Nancy Millstone of Jennings from Greenbridge (Essex, England) were destroyed along with planet Earth. ”

3. “What if you find yourself in a hopeless situation? Be glad that life has so far been good to you. If life was not good for you, which, given your current circumstances, seems more likely - rejoice that you will get rid of it soon. ”

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