The American Astronaut (2001)
Pssst, want to check out The American Astronaut in our new look?
See all comments
A shock to the system, The American Astronaut is an indie black-and-white comedy musical set in the wider solar system, about a smuggler and his complicated deal in a world where there are only women on one planet (Venus). Let the all-man dancing contests begin. I think the best part was probably having to explain the first act to someone who walked into the apartment at the 30-minute mark. Because this thing is insane. Like Manborg, it's a throwback, this time to the 40s and 50s, with a wink at Flash Gordon but generally looking more like, say, Doctor Who's The Space Pirates. How The American Astronaut gets around its lack of budget is clever and amusing, and somewhat artsy. It's funny, and not just because of the odd homoeroticism, though it sags around the start of the third act with the introduction of a gimpy character whose plot function is rather obvious. As a musical, it's really bananas, a kind of rockabilly punk that mocks the musical's traditions yet also gives itself up to its tropes. I've got to find that soundtrack.
How can I procure the soundtrack to this opus?
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!