What would you do if someone told you that tomorrow will be the last day of your life?
A bit of Tarantino / Wenders / Jodorwski / Kaurismaki / Von Trier and Anderson.
Synopsis: When Halley’s comet made it’s closest approach to the Earth in 1910, several people killed themselves out of contagious fear and panic. People started to confess love, to come out to the whole world, to celebrate sex, orgies or start to commit suicide or to get criminal. Let’s turn the most crazy, the funniest & intimate stories of the comet panic from 1910 and 1986 into a wonderful movie.
Story: Throughout history, there’s always been a bit of panic when comets approached the sun, burning off into long, ominous tails. But in the months preceding Halley’s flyby of Earth on May 19, 1910, folks got real creative with their anxiety. It didn’t help that a few months earlier, The New York Times had announced that one astronomer theorized that the comet would unceremoniously end life as we know it. For thousands of years of human civilization, comets have come and gone, yet we’re still here.
Halley’s Comet: It is a “periodic” comet and returns to Earth’s vicinity about every 75 years. The last time it was here was in 1986, and it is projected to return in 2061. Halley is the only known short-period comet that is clearly visible to the naked eye from Earth, and the only comet that might appear twice in a human lifetime. The comet’s pass in 1910 was particularly spectacular, as the comet flew by about 13.9 million miles. One of the substances discovered in the tail by spectroscopic analysis was the toxic gas cyanogen, which led astronomers to claim that, when Earth passed through the tail, the gas “would impregnate the atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet.” His pronouncement led to panicked buying of gas masks and quack “anti-comet pills” and “anti-comet umbrellas” by the public.
The stories are macabre. But they are based on possible true stories that happened in 1910. The lower class view of an approaching comet and possible end of the world.
MCMX means 1910. The year.