Friday, 8 November 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 330: Mon Nov 25

The Incredible Shrinking Man (Arnold, 1957): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.10pm



This film is part of the Passport to Cinema season. Tonight's screening is introduced by Dominic Power. The film is also being shown on November 27th. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
A scientist (Grant Williams) exposed to radiation grows smaller and smaller in this faithful 1957 adaptation of a bad Richard Matheson novel; it's a lot more interesting than its source, thanks to the special effects and Jack Arnold's taut, no-nonsense direction. The surreal intensity of outsize objects that loom as the hero shrinks is handled effectively, and the mystical happy ending is a better payoff than one would expect of the genre.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Spoiler alert: here and above is the closing monologue.

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