In the year 2200, Commander John J Adams (Leslie Nielsen) leads an expedition of American astronauts, leaving Earth to journey for 378 days to Altair IV (the 'forbidden planet') to investigate the disappearance of the research party and colonisers sent some 20 years earlier. Shakespeare's The Tempest is magnificently transformed into this sumptuous big-budget (for its day) sci-fi film - the first genuine sci-fi produced by MGM. Filmed in gorgeous CinemaScope, it remains a classic of the 1950s.
18.1535mm: Playing from a 35mm print
Lost in Space: With Major Tim Peake's Soyuz TMA-19M descent module on show at the National Science and Media Museum from September, we celebrate with a season of films that take us to outer space and beyond.