A Tribute To Ray Harryhausen At LA's Aero Theater June 7th!
MYSTERIOUS ISLAND / ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. / THE VALLEY OF GWANGI
From The American Cinematheque
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Fri, June 7
1961, Sony Repertory, 101 min, UK, Dir: Cy Endfield
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.
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.