Things to Come


Dir. William Cameron Menzies  GB 1936 100 mins (U)
Ralph Richardson, Raymond Massey

Based on H G Wells science fiction ‘prediction’ The Shape of Things to Come, war in 1940 is followed by a plague before the scientists arrive in their new flying machines to save a brutal feudal society from itself.

Vincent Korda was given the task of designing sets that would move from contemporary (1930s) town-scapes to the rubble of the destroyed civilisation to the futuristic city and rockets to the moon. It still impresses.

With an amazing cast, this is a wonderful film.