The King of Stop-Motion: Ray Harryhausen Remembered
MYSTERIOUS ISLAND / ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. / THE VALLEY OF GWANGI
Co-presented by the Visual Effects Society (VES)
Friday, June 7 - 7:30PM Aero Theatre
Tonight’s triple feature and part of the Ray Harryhausen memorial retrospective has Dinosaurs brought to life in glorious stop-motion animation well before the CGI versions in JURASSIC PARK.
The evening starts out with Confederate soldiers landing on a MYSTERIOUS ISLAND inhabited by monstrous creatures and is based on a book by Jules Verne.
The second feature has Raquel Welsh and Martine Beswick looking stylish while trying to survive Dinosaur attacks in ONE MILLION YEARS B.C.
The evening concludes with James Franciscus as a cowboy who corrals dinosaurs instead of cattle in THE VALLEY OF GWANGI.
MYSTERIOUS ISLAND is a DCP presentation while ONE MILLION B.C. and THE VALLEY OF GWANGI are both 35mm prints.
1961 / Columbia - Sony / 101 minutes / Directed by: 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 minutes / Directed by: 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 minutes / Directed by: 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.