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The Social Context in the Original "Planet Of The Apes"

Some of us may see'Planet of the Apes' as the film responsible for the later'annoying talking monkey' films, while others may see it as the classic sci-fi with the intriguing plot and special effects for its time.
However, what some of us may not know or have noticed about this classic film, is just how much this film covers many relevant sociological themes of the 60's era in which it came out.These sociological themes are not quite as relevant however, to today's modern audience.
Focused mainly on the under 30 year olds in the 60's era,'Planet of the Apes' became the classic we all know, where three astronauts crash land on a futuristic planet where apes rule and humans are slaves… As the plot unfolds, the stunned trio discovers that these highly intelligent simians can walk upright, talk and have even established a class system and a political structure like that of humans. The astronauts suddenly find themselves part of a devalued species, trapped and imprisoned by the apes. However, with the aid of a pair of compassionate chimps named Cornelius (Roddy MacDowell) & Zira (Kym Hunter), one of the astronauts, Taylor (Charlton Heston), manages to escape to an uninhabited section of land.Then, later on his trek, Taylor makes a startling discovery about the planet — and realizes he is in fact, on Earth thousands of years into the future.
In this film we encounter unusual themes for this movies time.The strong themes throughout this film include religion, bigotry, and domination.
In'Planet of the Apes', like in the 60's era, one of the big themes is a mentality of enlightenment about religion.In the film, the religion they were force-fed by Dr Zaius (Maurice Evans) was that humans were never superior to apes.Cornelius & Zira play the prototypes of the enlightened apes.They are the ones who trust reason, rationality, and scientific method in ma

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