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Things to Come

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In Brief: Visionary author H.G. Wells may have vacillated between optimism and cynicism throughout his career as a sci-fi prophet, and both ends of that spectrum are encompassed in his script for Things to Come (1936)adapting from his own essay, Wells paints a bleak picture of a not-to-distant future decimated by war and returned to a primitive condition until an emissary from a cabal of enlightened humanists shows up with an offer to institute a new world order. Director Alexander Korda accomplished some remarkable visual effects feats given the era in which the film was made, and while Wells' dialogue is distinctly clunky, the prescience of his vision provides a timely reminder of the risks inherent to a society lacking benevolent and intelligent guidance. Just a reminder, all future Asheville Film Society screenings at the Grail will begin at 7:00 instead of 7:30.
Score:

Genre: Science Fiction
Director: Alexander Korda
Starring: Raymond Massey, Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson, Margaretta Scott, Cedric Hardwicke
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society will screen Things to Come on Tuesday, Jan 9, at 7:00 p.m. at the Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.

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