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Things To Come

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
7.54 /10
Raymond Massey , Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson
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Directed by: William Cameron Menzies
Written by: H.G.Wells, Lajos Biro, from the book The Shape of Things to Come by H.G.Wells

Released: 1936
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: GB
Colour: BW
Length: 100


H.G.Wells's pessimistic vision of the future, predicting war in 1940, a rocket to the moon and a plague.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Then, an amazing spectacular: now, a fascinating period piece. Tremendous sets, impressive scenes of devastation, a great score by Arthur Bliss (the first ever to be commercially recorded) and a fine central performance by Raymond Massey (pictured left) make this a landmark British film. The grave weaknesses,which have become even more apparent over the intervening decades, are some stagey, melodramatic acting and a talky, amateurishly constructed script. Lavishly produced by Alexander Korda, it cost over $1.5 million, a huge amount for the time, and eventually made back its money.

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