Amazing version of H.G.Wells story about the struggle for a war-free future.
The sets and special effects are unbelievable 1936.
H. G. Wells’ screenplay covers 100 years of “future history” starting with a catastrophic global war in 1936 (WWII actually began just three years later) through the decades of barbarism and petty fiefdoms which followed civilization’s collapse (the dark ages of the ‘60s) and, finally, the rise of a utopian society ruled benevolently by a cadre of scientists and philosophers. But even as mankind’s shiny new cities rise from the ashes, peace is once more threatened by a growing movement of disaffected Luddites... This is an ambitious film with impressive special effects that must have been considered breathtaking 70 years ago. Furthermore there is a wonderfully retro feel to the elaborate set designs which combine elements of both ancient Rome and ‘30s art deco. But beyond the ill-fitting togas and flashy gizmos there is some very serious sermonizing by the great author himself. Wells leaves no doubt as to where his sympathies lie....scientific inquiry and rational thought are essential to our survival as a species. It comes as no surprise then that church steeples are noticeably missing from his vision of an advanced society. The film certainly has its theatrical moments, after all Raymond Massey was never known for his subtlety, but considering when it was made “Things to Come” is a classic of speculative fiction.
Great sci-fi since Flash Gordon 1940.
I have 2 copies VHS that I watch every few months. Starting to get ragged.
Will definitely check out this item for nostalgia since DVD will play much clearer. Excellent period piece for history...... and many things did come to be....Ron H
H.G. Wells, well-known for his science fiction writing' was an amazingly prolific writer with approximately 200 short stories and 150 each fiction and non-fiction books and treatises (treatises are my assumption, I find it difficult to believe that someone could write 300 full books in a lifetime). In 1933 he predicted a very destructive war that would set men back to near barbarity and then after a long time, progressive “tribes” would emerge to set aside the old barbaric ways. Then the unbelievable possiblity would arise in 2036 that man would travel to the moon via a huge space gun. In 2036, there were two opposing sides, one that proposed continuous scientific progress and those that thought progress should stop for some period of time as there had already been too much progress. Is it better for man to be dormant and live a life without risk or to fight for progress than could entail some risk of life?
I highly recommend Things To Come (1936) as essential viewing for anyone who's at all interested in the history of Science Fiction on celluloid._____ Yes. At times Things To Come may be a bit slow moving and noticeably dated in its outlook, but, with that aside, all is so easily forgiven once the viewer is treated to the spectacle of its impressive "Art Deco" set designs and the awesome fleet of futuristic aircraft._____ For its time, Things To Come was, in many ways, quite outstanding in its vision of the future. Its screenplay was written by the famous Sci-Fi author H. G. Wells, who, of course, adapted it from his very own novel, which was called The Shape Of Things To Come._____ Check it out!
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