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Wednesday, January 02, 2008 |
( 1/02/2008 07:28:00 AM ) Bill S.
LET'S DO THE TIME-LAPSE AGAIN! Watched the George Pal version of The Time Machine on TCM last night (part of the network's apparent New Year's Celebration of Dystopian Futures). Hadn't seen the flick in decades, so I was curious as to how it held up. The Morlocks, which I remember finding creepy as a kid, looked pretty cheesy: at one point, we see a claw pushing some brush aside, and it looks about as texturally convincing as a muppet. But the time-lapse photography used to depict our hero's travels through time still holds up and lead Rod Taylor is fine as our idealistic narrator hero. Also enjoyed seeing Alan Young using his Uncle Scrooge brogue as both father and son.
As with any older work of cinematic science-fiction, it's always fun seeing their visions of the future that we've never lived. Monorails in "future" London? Cool. Looking at the scenes with the Eloi, I had to keep reminding myself that this flick came out in 1960 since it sure had a hippie vibe to it.
The movie's most unbelievable visual conceit: that the same female manikin would appear in the front window of Filby's Department Store for decade after decade after decade . . .