I’d never seen this until today – an amazing, powerful, radical movie about humans, barbarism, equality, free will, free speech, science and the celebration of intellectual curiosity.
Things to Come (1936) is a British science fiction film produced by Alexander Korda and directed by William Cameron Menzies. The screenplay was written by H. G. Wells and is a loose adaptation of his own 1933 novel The Shape of Things to Come and his 1931 non-fiction work, The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind. The film stars Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke, Pearl Argyle and Margaretta Scott.
The cultural historian Christopher Frayling calls Things to Come “a landmark in cinematic design.”
Pearl Argyle, Raymond Massey and HG Wells.
Not the best image but this demonstrates some of the films’ incredibly prophetic ideas – here a man and his grand-daughter look at ‘old’ Manhattan on a flat screen TV.