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Thumbnail for Things to Come (1936) Things to Come (1936)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 76
Category: Action/Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, WarNotable as: Science FictionSub-Category: Science Fiction, Steampunk, Doomsday film, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Future history, Black-and-white, DramaMain subject: aviationRuntime: 100 - 113 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United KingdomDirector: William Cameron MenziesScreenwriter: H. G. Wells, Lajos BíróBased on: The Shape of Things to ComeMusic: Arthur BlissCinematography: Georges PérinalStars: Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke, Edward Chapman, Margaretta Scott, Ann Todd, George Sanders, John Clements, Abraham Sofaer Producer: Alexander KordaAward details: (details at IMDb)
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Things to Come is a British science fiction film produced by Alexander Korda and directed by William Cameron Menzies. The film stars Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke, Pearl Argyle and Margaretta Scott. The cultural historian Christopher Frayling calls Things to Come "a landmark in cinematic design." The dialogue and plot were devised by H. G. Wells as "a new story" meant to "display" the "social and political forces and possibilities" that he had outlined in 1933 in The Shape of Things to Come, a work he considered less a novel than a "discussion" in fictional form that presented itself as the notes of a 22nd-century diplomat. The film was also influenced by previous works, including his 1897 story "A Story of the Days to Come" and his 1931 work on society and economics, The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind; speculating on the future had been a stock-in-trade for Wells ever since The Time Machine.


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