Screen shot from Space is the Place. In this particular scene in a desert, Sun Ra plays a card game called “The End of the World,” with the Overseer (Ray Johnson), who is dressed in white and drives a white Cadillac. Sun Ra pulls out a spaceship card and the Arkestra play the song “Calling Planet Earth” as their spaceship lands in Oakland, CA.
More on the second Ra clip:
Don Letts directed this [Brother from another Planet (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4] beautiful and hilarious film about one of the truly great eccentric geniuses of music – Sun Ra. It was the third documentary we’ve made for the BBC series Originals – previously we profiled Robert Wyatt and Gil Scott-Heron.
Jez Nelson – who produced the programme – has had a long fascination with Ra since meeting him in 1990.
We’re currently in production with the next in the Originals series – a film about P-Funk legend George Clinton.
The show was broadcast on Friday October 28, 2005 at 9pm on BBC4. —Somethinelse.com