The Time Machine
On Friday night TCM had their Future Shock SF block night, and I caught most of it. They kicked things off with The Time Machine, by George Pal. A movie I own, and is a favorite of mine for all sorts of reasons. I like the British flavor of it set in the Victorian era. I like how a small group of scholarly men meet in the drawing room of George Wells played by Rod Taylor to discuss all sorts of scientific things. I like how the inside to the house is filled with clocks and all the bric-a-brac of their cozy world. He tells them he's invented a time machine and they all find that amusing, until he shows them a few things, which they dismiss, except for a close friend played by Alan Young. I think the first time I saw the Time Machine might have been back in the 70's, when I watched it with a group of young cadets at a San Marcos Military Academy were I was working as a proctor there for a semester in San Marcos. I'm not sure why they chose this particular film or the film, Fantastic Planet, that we saw the next week, but I'm glad they did as both films are classics of the genre, and provided great escapism.
Odd how time changes things and gives one newer perspectives. Now I find it a bit strange that the working class were portrayed in that rather negative light, and the upper class as the enlightened nobles. But there again one has to take such matters in the time frame they're written. Mostly I just find The Time Machine as an interesting escapism, and classic film. More later.