American Cinematheque to Honor Ray Harryhausen
Based on Jules Verne's sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mysterious Island follows a group of Confederate prisoners during the Civil War who escape using an enemy balloon, only to find themselves blown off-course to a remote island, populated by monstrous creatures and the enigmatic Captain Nemo (Herbert Lom) himself! Directed by Cy Endfield (Zulu, Try and Get Me) in a rare fantasy outing, with a superb score by maestro Bernard Herrmann. With Ray Harryhausen, Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill.Archival Print!
One Million Years B.C.
1966, 20th Century Fox, 100 min, UK, Dir: Don Chaffey
Prehistoric goddesses Raquel Welch and Martine Beswick compete for audience attention with some of Ray Harryhausen's most realistic stop-motion dinosaurs, in this surprisingly convincing fantasy adventure. With expert cinematography by longtime Harryhausen collaborator Wilkie Cooper (7th Voyage Of Sinbad, Jason And The Argonauts, First Men In The Moon).
The Valley Of Gwangi
1969, Warner Bros., 96 min, USA, Dir: James O'Connolly
One of Ray Harryhausen's most rarely screened gems, Gwangi stars James Franciscus as a brash young cowboy who stumbles across a hidden valley teaming with prehistoric life. Trouble ensues when Franciscus captures one of the lost dinosaurs and tries to exhibit it in a traveling circus. Co-starring Richard Carlson, Gila Golan, Laurence Naismith.
Double Feature: Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 7:30 PM
Jason and The Argonauts
1963, Sony Repertory, 104 min, USA, Dir: Don Chaffey
Heroic Greek warrior Jason travels to the farthest ends of the Earth in search of the legendary Golden Fleece, in this glorious adventure featuring some of Ray Harryhausen's most memorable visual effects.
Clash Of The Titans
1981, Warner Bros., 118 min, USA, Dir: Desmond Davis
The last feature with effects by the great Ray Harryhausen, CLASH OF THE TITANS follows the epic trials and tribulations of young Perseus (Harry Hamlin) as he battles giant scorpions, two-headed dogs, the ferocious Calibos and the giant Kraken, with a little help from the gods and a magical, winged horse named Pegasus. Co-starring Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Ursula Andress, Burgess Meredith.
Double Feature: Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 5:00 PM
Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers
1956, Sony Repertory, 83 min, USA, Dir: Fred F. Sears
Classic 1950s drive-in stuff: Earth's scientists can't figure out why all the rockets they shoot into space are disappearing ... until a fleet of flying saucers appears over the White House! Husband-and-wife scientist team Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor form a vanguard of defense against the invaders. FX man Ray Harryhausen collaborated on the original story for the film with famed sci-fi writer Curt Siodmak (The Wolf Man).
First Men In The Moon
1964, Sony Repertory, 103 min, UK, Dir: Nathan Juran
In director Nathan Juran's extremely entertaining adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel, turn-of-the-century British inventor Lionel Jeffries enlists Edward Judd and fiancée Martha Hyer in his scheme to reach the moon. Once the trio hits the lunar landscape, they're captured by a weird subterranean insect race, and we're treated to some of Ray Harryhausen's most enjoyable special effects.
Double Feature: Monday, June 10 - 7:30 PM
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
1953, Warner Bros., 80 min, USA, Dir: Eugene Lourie
A giant prehistoric creature called a rhedosaurus is awakened from his icy slumber by nuclear testing and travels to New York City, where he takes out his bad temper on the stunned population. Based on a short story by longtime Ray Harryhausen pal Ray Bradbury (they met years earlier as members of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society, along with Forrest Ackerman!). Starring Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Kenneth Tobey.