Teaming up with Alexander Korda and based on is book “The Shape of Things to Come” H.G. Wells was given almost unprecedented creative control over the project. Director William Cameron Menzies was not allowed to deviate from Wells’ screenplay, also Wells had veto power on casting and he even hired composer Arthur Bliss to score the film before even one frame of had been shot. Wells was not so much worried about making a profitable movie but more on it being a perfect translation of his prophetic writings. This was not really an ego thing either as he truly believed that if society could see what was possible then maybe it could eventually come to be. This from a man staring out at a world readying itself for World War II.
Raymond Massey) greatly worried while other says that even if there were to be a war it will only provide technological advancements.
Note: H.G. Wells was firmly against the belief that anything good could come of war, so in this film such thoughts are mocked and are one of the bigger misses in his predictions of the future.
Everytown on the brink of war.
Newtown has seen better days.
“The Walking Dead”
Nice helmet, dude.
“And don’t call me Chief!”
“What do you mean, Flash Gordon approaching?”
“Damn, I love Peace Bombs!”
“I hope we don’t run into any Morlocks down here.”
The Space Gun.
Hey, Wells got giant flat screen TVs right.
“Down with science, up with sleeping in on Sundays!”
“There they go, first star on the right and straight on till morning.
Visionary leader or pompous ass, you decide.
That said this is still a film worth checking out as it is visually stunning and creepily prophetic at times. Wells and company put together a fascinating “What if?” utopia based on some startling political viewpoints and has earned a good spot in the history of science fiction movies.