Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 239: Thu Aug 28

The Day the Earth Caught Fire (Guest, 1961): British Museum, 8.15pm

The Sci-Fi season at the BFI starts with this outdoor screening.

BFI introduction: A Fleet Street journalist (Edward Judd) investigates the world’s increasingly ferocious weather conditions, and discovers that the Earth has been knocked off its axis by extensive nuclear testing. Is the Earth doomed? With strong performances (Leo McKern is a stand-out), a vivid depiction of the world of newspaper journalism, and extensive location shooting on the streets of London, Val Guest delivers one of the best British sci-fi films.

Here is the trailer.

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