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The gentle art of persuasion…

Our friends at Den of Geek have compiled a list of the “Top 25 fictional ads in sci-fi movies.”

Numero Uno?  This clip from John Carpenter’s (vastly under-rated) They Live:

Click on the image above (or here) to see this inspiration to Shephard Fairey– his Obey the Giant series– and click here to see the other two dozen honorees, along with a few bonuses.

As we move to the phone to call now!, we might offer a tip of the birthday topper to Monsieur C. Auguste Dupin, remembering that on this date in 1841, Edgar Allen Poe’s story, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”– the first detective story in English– was published in  Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Magazine.  Its protagonist’s extraordinary “analytical power” was surely the mold for subsequent detectives, from Sgt. Cuff in The Moonstone (Wilkie Collins’ second hit, and the first detective novel in English) through Conan Doyle’s remarkable Sherlock to Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot and his “little grey cells”…

Facsimile of Poe’s manuscript for “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”

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April 20, 2009 at 1:01 am

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