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Planet of the Apes (1968) Viewing Guide
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Planet of the Apes (1968) Viewing Guide

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Planet of the Apes (1968) appeared during a tumultuous time in American history. In 1963 the president John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in full public view. Cultural norms were changing as the counterculture movement gained momentum. The Vietnam War was leading to protests, and Americans were growing increasingly mistrustful of their government. On the social front lingering inequality among black and white citizens had started the Civil Rights Movement. In fact, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated the same year the film premiered. The country seemed to be at a pivotal point. So what did a science fiction story about talking apes have to do with anything? A lot actually. The filmmakers used science fiction to comment on the inequality and injustice of the world around them.

Apart from being good, old-fashioned campy fun, Planet of the Apes is a science fiction classic and a timeless satire. Following up Animal Farm with Planet of the Apes is a great idea because the two works have parallel themesIn fact, the film even references the novel at one point. Now available is this viewing guide for Planet of the Apes! Its critical thinking questions keep the students accountable while they watch the film and helps them analyze the deeper themes. It even comes with a key!

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Note:  Although the film is officially rated "G," it contains brief nudity, language, and thematic elements--recommended for viewers 13 or older.



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