The Fifth Element : Episode 34

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The Fifth Element

What: Bruce Willis helps Leeloo Dallas Multipass save the world.
Directed by: Luc Besson
Starring: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Gary Oldman, Chris Tucker, Ian Holm

Recommended and Related Media

The Divine Language
A site documenting the pretty neat project that is the “divine language” spoken by Leeloo in the film. The story behind it, lots of materials from Luc Besson, and dictionaries in either direction.
Check it out

Affordances and Constraints in the Fifth Element by Chris Noessel
Chris Noessel, upcoming guest co-host and interface design expert, made a cool video a while ago on the user interfaces in the film. Really worth a watch for a hint of the sort of thing we’ll talk about when he’s on. 🙂
Watch it Vimeo

Show Notes

The Film

90s, Leeloo’s thermal tape, awesome hair.

Alien Species

Space turtles, space orcs, space squids, space humans. Archeology and ancient mythology. Chamber design.

Malevolent Evil

The possible nature of the evil space-mass. Zorg’s motivations. Broken window fallacy.

200 Billion Citizens

Overpopulation. Governance over interstellar distances. Real-time FTL space comms. Space wizards. Space borders.

Building Leeloo

3d printing skeletons. Genetic design and genetic data storage.

The Stones

Sufficiently advanced technology indistinguishable from magic. Good and bad places to smuggle 20 pounds of stone. “Space opera.” Impossible series of vocal notes. Saved by love, or something.


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