Things to Come

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Tyler Cowen recently watched Things to Come:

This Alexander Korda adaption of H.G. Wells was in 1936 perhaps the most visually spectacular movie of its time. It looks like the first thirty, black and white minutes of Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, yet few people watch the movie today, in part because the actors shout at each other.
The distinction between “a good movie” and “a movie which is good to watch” has never been more salient.

When I watched Things to Come a few years ago, I found its “prophetic” reputation odd.

Wells, like Kipling before him, sees air power through the lens of Victorian gun-boat diplomacy.

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