The Time Machine: The Classic 1960 Film at the Alex Theatre
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The last date listed for The Time Machine was Saturday April 25, 2009 / 8:00pm.
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I had met George Pal twice in the late 70's and found him one of the most wonderful & kindest men in Hollywood. So I really took the news of his passing in 1980 quite hard. Hitchcock had passed away earlier that same week, but it was Pal's death that grabbed me by the throat.
Even today, THE TIME MACHINE is still one of my top ten favorite films of all time. It is certainly considered Pal's best film by most.
This presentation was fabulous and the four other people I brought with me loved it as well. Three of my guests were from Mainland China and this was the first time any of them had seen the film.
On leaving the theater, my lady-friend's 17-year-old son asked me, "Why aren't the movies made today this good?" When a current teen recognizes the difference between shaky-cam eye-candy pablum and the presence of genuine story substance, then, folks, I must say that there IS hope for the world yet.
Special thanks to Bob Burns for supplying the storyboard panels, effects count sheets, and matte paintings from the movie. The lobby display was enjoyed by all.
However, since this title is now in Warner's catalog and they had beautifully restored it on their DVD, I would have loved to have seen a print with some noise reduction, less image contrast, and in the new stereo mix. But, what they hey? The print shown was in beautiful in not sometimes dusty condition. And the color was good and not faded, like many a vintage Eastmancolor print often is.
Those with an interest in seeing Pal's last movie, the campy spoof DOC SAVAGE, can order a legit DVD online from Warner Archive.
Smoothest Goldstar purchase & ticket pickup I've ever made. And the Alex theater staff was top-notch, friendly, and very helpful.
Producer/Director George Pal scored a major hit with his 1953 version of H. G. Wells science fiction novel WAR OF THE WORLDS. Pal teamed with the best selling British author again in 1960 for the enormously popular M-G-M production of The Time Machine.
Rugged Australian actor Rod Taylor became a major star as the time traveler and Yvette Mimieux established herself as a 60’s icon with her portrayal of the golden haired Weena.
The production won an Academy Award® for its Special Effects and stop action animation sequences. M-G-M’s veteran Makeup Artist William Tuttle and Pal himself created the look of the hideous, subterranean Morlocks who prey on the defenseless Eloi.
Hosting both screenings will be science fiction writer and filmmaker Paul Davids (The Sci Fi Boys) who will screen Famous Monsters of Filmland creator Forrest Ackerman’s eulogy for George Pal.
The program concludes on the big screen with George Pal’s puppetoon, Rhythm in the Ranks (1941) and News of the Day – Headline Highlights of 1956.