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Things to Come

William Cameron Menzies

 
Things to Come (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1936
  • 97 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #660

A landmark collaboration between writer H. G. Wells, producer Alexander Korda, and designer and director William Cameron Menzies, Things to Come is a science fiction film like no other, a prescient political work that predicts a century of turmoil and progress. Skipping through time, Things to Come bears witness to world war, disease, dictatorship, and, finally, utopia. Conceived, written, and overseen by Wells himself as an adaptation of his own work, this megabudget production, the most ambitious ever from Korda’s London Films, is a triumph of imagination and technical audacity.

Cast

John Cabal/Oswald CabalRaymond Massey
Pippa Passworthy/Raymond PassworthyEdward Chapman
The BossRalph Richardson
Roxana/RowenaMargaretta Scott
TheotocopulosCedric Hardwicke
Dr. HardingMaurice Braddell
Mrs. CabalSophie Stewart
Richard GordonDerrick de Marney
Mary GordonAnn Todd
Catherine CabalPearl Argyle
Maurice PassworthyKenneth Villiers
Morden MitaniIvan Brandt
The ChildAnne McLaren
Janet GordonPatricia Hilliard
Great-grandfatherCharles Carson

Credits

Produced byAlexander Korda
DirectorWilliam Cameron Menzies
Settings designed byVincent Korda
PhotographyGeorges Périnal
Special effects directed byNed Mann
Music specially composed byArthur Bliss
Musical directorMuir Matheson
Costumes designed byJohn Armstrong, René Hubert and Marchioness of Queensberry
Production managerDavid B. Cunynghame
Recording directorA. W. Watkins
Assistant art directorFrank Wells
Aeronautical adviserNigel Tangye
Supervising editorWilliam Hornbeck
Film editorsCharles Crichton and Francis Lyon
Special effects photographed byEdward Cohen
Assistant special effectsLawrence Butler
Assistant directorGeoffrey Boothby
Camera operatorRobert Krasker

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring film historian and writer David Kalat
  • New interview with writer and cultural historian Christopher Frayling on the film’s design
  • New visual essay by film historian Bruce Eder on Arthur Bliss’s musical score
  • Unused special effects footage by artist László Moholy-Nagy, along with a video installation piece by Jan Tichy incorporating that footage
  • Audio recording from 1936 of a reading from H. G. Wells’s writing about the Wandering Sickness, the plague in Things to Come
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Geoffrey O’Brien

    New cover by Laurent Durieux

Film Essays

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Things to Come: Whither Mankind?

By Geoffrey O’Brien June 20, 2013

The prophetic voice of H. G. Wells resonates throughout this singularly ambitious, spectacularly designed vision. Read more »

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Film Essays

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Things to Come: Whither Mankind?

By Geoffrey O’Brien June 20, 2013

The prophetic voice of H. G. Wells resonates throughout this singularly ambitious, spectacularly designed vision. Read more »

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