The 1960 film The Time Machine, directed by George Pal is doing the rounds on UK TV at the moment. Always worth a look for the Oscar-winning stop motion effects and the lovely Yvette Mimieux. Edwardian London and all other time periods, were created on the MGM soundstage; although the apparently British cars have left-hand drive. Im not sure where in Scotland Dr David Filby’s (Alan Young) accent comes from. Alan Young also appeared in the remake in 2002.
In the scene when George Wells (Rod Taylor) saves Weena (Yvetter Mimieux) from drowning whilst the other Eloi look on with indifference, I always enjoy the moment when, as he pulls her apparently unconscious from the water, she points her toes to make sure her legs look their best.
The title of this post is from the scene with the ‘talking rings’, where the voice tells of a 326 year war and the destruction of civilisation. I find it quite elegaic, as the voice recounts the destruction of a remote past when we all hope for is a better future.
The “Time Ships” is a sequel to the HG Wells novel, written by Stephen Baxter. It explores the idea of alternative timelines, created on each occasion the Time Machine is used. So that when George returns to the future to be with Weena, he finds his presence there has changed the future. It includes a possible timeline where a human culture arises from a handle of people stranded in the Palaeocene, 50 million years in the past.
Perhaps the Time Machine itself has not entered mainstream consciousness the way the monolith from 2001 has. But it did get a mention in the Big Bang Theory episode ‘Nerdvana’ where it was described by Penny (Kaley Cuoco) as looking like “something Elton John would drive through the Everglades”.
Well, it made me laugh.
Information about the Time Machine, machine can be found here.
And a remarkable replica here:
The best site I found for information about H.G. Wells, dramatisations of the story and the Time Machine is here: