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What language did they base Klaatus speech on in The Day the Earth Stood Still?

Posted on 10/16/2007 5:18:40 PM PDT by Oakleaf

Can anyone tell me the source of the language that Michael Rennie used as Klaatu in The Day the Earth Stood Still? I have done extensive searches and have found out only a theory for Klaatu Barada Nikto.

I am trying to find who came up with the brief sequence of language when Klaatu has snuck back in the saucer and is contacting his HQ to arrange for the electricity to be shut off the next day. It sounds vaguely like Esperanto but I am sure it was totally made up. Did some screenwriter just dash this off? Did they get a consultant who wrote it? I have acutally found the original script online but it doesn't have the actual dialog, only a note that a 'fantastic alien language' IIRC will be spoken.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks.


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Gort! Veringa!
1 posted on 10/16/2007 5:18:42 PM PDT by Oakleaf
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To: Oakleaf

Esperanto?


2 posted on 10/16/2007 5:20:21 PM PDT by Keli Kilohana (Editor, ZARR CHASM CHRONICAL [sic], Sore, WV)
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To: Oakleaf
I thought you were talking about Mork, from Ork....

Nanu....Nanu

3 posted on 10/16/2007 5:21:04 PM PDT by traditional1 (GO TRIBE !)
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To: Oakleaf

I don’t know but you damn sure want to make sure Gort understands it.


4 posted on 10/16/2007 5:23:42 PM PDT by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: traditional1

Fo’ Shizzel.


5 posted on 10/16/2007 5:23:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Oakleaf
Wait....

Klatuu??

6 posted on 10/16/2007 5:24:16 PM PDT by Michael Barnes
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To: Oakleaf

klaatu barata nikto


7 posted on 10/16/2007 5:24:25 PM PDT by JoeSixPack1
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To: Oakleaf

I have no idea, but they’re going to do yet another remake of it:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0970416/

It’s an anti-military movie. Figures that they’d remake it for release during an election year.


8 posted on 10/16/2007 5:25:14 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Satisfaction was my sin)
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To: Oakleaf

Klingon Ebonics?


9 posted on 10/16/2007 5:25:45 PM PDT by airborne (Proud to be a conservative! Proud to support Duncan Hunter for President!)
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To: Oakleaf

Well, it ain’t tlhIngan Hol.


10 posted on 10/16/2007 5:26:31 PM PDT by Redcloak (The 2nd Amendment isn't about sporting goods.)
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To: Oakleaf
Klaatu Barada Nikto.


11 posted on 10/16/2007 5:28:07 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (NY Times: "fake but accurate")
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To: Oakleaf

Finnish.


12 posted on 10/16/2007 5:28:25 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Oakleaf
Internet classic, click here.


13 posted on 10/16/2007 5:28:47 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Oakleaf

Nikto is Russian for “nobody.” As for barada, I have no idea.


14 posted on 10/16/2007 5:29:05 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Repeal the Terrible Two - the 16th and 17th Amendments. Sink LOST! Stop SPP!)
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To: Oakleaf

For some reason, I thought the phrase originated in the 1921 play “R.U.R.”

But Googling doesn’t support my theory, so I must suppose I imagined it.


15 posted on 10/16/2007 5:29:33 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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To: Michael Barnes

Man should go back to S-mart and get him a dictionary...


16 posted on 10/16/2007 5:30:11 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Repeal the Terrible Two - the 16th and 17th Amendments. Sink LOST! Stop SPP!)
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To: Keli Kilohana

Dubyaese?


17 posted on 10/16/2007 5:31:27 PM PDT by dblshot
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To: Oakleaf
Watch the Video
18 posted on 10/16/2007 5:31:29 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (In everyday life there is more than meets the eye to reach the depths of truth we must DRAGTHEWATERS)
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To: Oakleaf

Well, I can certainly see why this is posted in Breaking News.


19 posted on 10/16/2007 5:33:31 PM PDT by Fairview ( Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.)
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To: Redcloak
Why do you desire to learn this, Earthling ? Do you plan to thwart our nefarious schemes ?

( Side conversation: "But supposing someone learns Al Gore is one of us ???" "Shhh ! They'll hear you !" )

For those dedicated to sci-fi trivia, by the way, the movie was based on a short story called "The Master".

In the story, the Robot was actually the master.

20 posted on 10/16/2007 5:33:48 PM PDT by genefromjersey (So much to flame;so little time !)
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To: RandallFlagg

The original film is actually a globalistic or should I say one universal GOVERNMENT propaganda film!

If you dont play our way, Gort here will vaporize your azz!

A remake will only encourage globalists in their pursuit of a world government so the earth can join the League of Planets!

(Gort, o-gya uck-fay ourself-ya!)


21 posted on 10/16/2007 5:35:05 PM PDT by texson66 ("Tyranny is yielding to the lust of the governing." - Lord Moulton)
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To: genefromjersey
Interesting. It fits the movie's statements about him and his role, though.
22 posted on 10/16/2007 5:37:48 PM PDT by Hornitos
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To: Oakleaf

Well, they’re remaking it so whatever it is, you’d better steel yourself to hear Keanu say it.


23 posted on 10/16/2007 5:37:58 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: Oakleaf
"The language of Klaatu is an imagined variation on Medieval Scientific Latin (circa 1238-1368 A.D.), which has almost English word order." Here is a link to the source for what it’s worth. Enjoy.
www.cybercom.net/~gsullivan/bvc/disco_volante.html
24 posted on 10/16/2007 5:40:54 PM PDT by USMA '71
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To: Oakleaf
Those are the magic words one MUST speak clearly in order to use the Necronomicon to safely open a portal for moving between ages... Just ask Ash...

Mark

25 posted on 10/16/2007 5:40:57 PM PDT by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
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To: Michael Barnes

Hail to the King, Baby!


26 posted on 10/16/2007 5:43:04 PM PDT by BigBlueJon (Superman wears Jack Bauer pajamas to bed.......Jack Bauer wears George W pajamas.)
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To: Oakleaf

Michael Rennie was ill the day the earth stood still
But he told us where we stand...


27 posted on 10/16/2007 5:43:48 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Oakleaf

Michael Rennie was ill
The day the earth stood still;
Still, he told us where we stand

And Flash Gordon was there
In silver underwear
Claude Raines was the invisible man.


28 posted on 10/16/2007 5:47:56 PM PDT by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: rogue yam

Dang! Missed it by eight seconds!


29 posted on 10/16/2007 5:48:25 PM PDT by Oberon (What does it take to make government shrink?)
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To: Oakleaf

Scotch


30 posted on 10/16/2007 5:48:44 PM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: Oberon

Too funny!


31 posted on 10/16/2007 5:49:28 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: genefromjersey
In the story, the Robot was actually the master.

The robots were created with ultimate authority over their creators, to prevent them from destroying themselves.

This might explain why some modern-day democrats call each other "Gort" while giving a "high-five".

32 posted on 10/16/2007 5:49:52 PM PDT by Recovering Hermit ("A liberal feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.")
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To: Oakleaf

Interpretations of the movie vary tremendously, with one of the more common interpretations of it being like the “second coming”, just as the world was on the brink of nuclear war. Klaatu even refers to “The Almighty”, implying that aliens, or at least he, believes in God.

Several other things are also suggested, for example, that the aliens were afraid that humans would shortly develop interstellar space travel, and that while they were indifferent to us killing each other, they were scared of us attacking them.

Having gone great lengths to create their robot “policemen”, and surrendering their sovereignty in exchange for no interplanetary war, they paradoxically also made their robots stop internal conflict. Now they care very much about our killing of each other. They also have no “defensive” policemen, to protect them from marauding Earthmen in spaceships.

Klaatu expresses that they do not wish to rule us, that we rule ourselves, but that our control does not extend to attacking other worlds or each other—or else our entire world will be destroyed. Agree to the rule of robots or be destroyed.

Inscrutable aliens. Like telling two small boys to stop fighting, in the name of non-violence, or you will have a big kid with an ax kill them and all their friends. When asked why, responding that you are afraid the small boys will fight you, an adult, who is surrounded by big kids with axes.


33 posted on 10/16/2007 5:58:37 PM PDT by Popocatapetl
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To: Oakleaf

Valley of Barada River, Northeast of Damascus, Syria

34 posted on 10/16/2007 6:09:32 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: PhilDragoo

Is that south of the former secret Syrian Nuclear Reactor site (recently visted by the Israelies)?


35 posted on 10/16/2007 6:20:05 PM PDT by rod1
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To: rod1

Yes, that would be the reactor formerly known as Zot.


36 posted on 10/16/2007 6:23:05 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: Oakleaf

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft...


37 posted on 10/16/2007 6:23:26 PM PDT by Goodness
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK

Where have you been?


38 posted on 10/16/2007 6:29:03 PM PDT by chesty_puller (70-73 USMC VietNam 75-79 US Army Wash DC....VietNam was safer.)
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To: texson66

This speech by Klaatu could be the charter of the UN or any anti-2nd Amendment group:

“I am leaving soon, and you will forgive me if I speak bluntly. The universe grows smaller every day, and the threat of aggression by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. There must be security for all, or no one is secure.

“Now, this does not mean giving up any freedom, except the freedom to act irresponsibly. Your ancestors knew this when they made laws to govern themselves and hired policemen to enforce them. We, of the other planets, have long accepted this principle.

“We have an organization for the mutual protection of all planets and for the complete elimination of aggression. The test of any such higher authority is, of course, the police force that supports it. For our policemen, we created a race of robots. Their function is to patrol the planets in spaceships like this one and preserve the peace. In matters of aggression, we have given them absolute power over us.

“This power cannot be revoked. At the first sign of violence, they act automatically against the aggressor. The penalty for provoking their action is too terrible to risk. The result is, we live in peace, without arms or armies, secure in the knowledge that we are free from aggression and war. Free to pursue more... profitable enterprises. Now, we do not pretend to have achieved perfection, but we do have a system, and it works.

“I came here to give you these facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet, but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you.”


39 posted on 10/16/2007 6:30:07 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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To: MarkL

Would that be *the* “Ash from houseware”?


40 posted on 10/16/2007 6:48:59 PM PDT by The Duke (I have met the enemy, and he is named 'Apathy'!)
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To: Goodness
Calling occupants of interplanetary craft...

Wow. That's a blast from the past!
41 posted on 10/16/2007 6:54:36 PM PDT by Nathan Jr.
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To: LibFreeOrDie

Exactly my point..


42 posted on 10/16/2007 6:55:03 PM PDT by texson66 ("Tyranny is yielding to the lust of the governing." - Lord Moulton)
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To: ontap
I don’t know but you damn sure want to make sure Gort understands it.

BTTT

LOL

43 posted on 10/16/2007 6:55:16 PM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Oakleaf

Amish


44 posted on 10/16/2007 6:56:33 PM PDT by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: Oakleaf

It’s based on a rural Cthulhu dialect.


45 posted on 10/16/2007 6:58:34 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: The Duke
Would that be *the* “Ash from houseware”?

Oh, yes, you betcha!

Mark

46 posted on 10/16/2007 8:50:45 PM PDT by MarkL (Listen, Strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government)
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To: RandallFlagg

GO they make it more left wing than the original?


47 posted on 10/16/2007 9:11:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: RandallFlagg
It’s an anti-military movie.

The movie had a couple very suspenseful moments, and the rest moved at a snail's pace. Not to mention how preachy it was.

Note to Hollywood: movies are meant to entertain. If you want to preach, buy a pulpit.

48 posted on 10/16/2007 11:30:55 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler ("A person's a person no matter how small." -Dr. Seuss)
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To: Oakleaf
l33t 5P3AK!!!!11!!


49 posted on 10/16/2007 11:37:46 PM PDT by uglybiker (relaxing in a luxuriant cloud of quality, aromatic, pre-owned tobacco essence)
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To: Hornitos

If you’d like to read the original story, “Farewell to the Master” by Harry Bates

http://thenostalgialeague.com/olmag/bates.html


50 posted on 10/16/2007 11:59:32 PM PDT by tlb
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