The War of the Worlds (1953) | Events at Fox Tucson Theatre
17
November
7:30 pm

The War of the Worlds (1953)

Co-Presented with the Hanson Film TV Institute

Hanson FilmTV Institute and Fox Tucson Theatre join forces to present the technicolor restoration of the 1953 classic, THE  WAR OF THE WORLDS, directed by Byron Haskin, produced by George Pal, and based on the novel by H.G. Wells. Witness the alien invasion in fresh new technicolor!

Only the second screening ever of the restored film, the evening will include a lively pre-screening chat between Arnold Leibovit, filmmaker and foremost expert on the films of George Pal, and Dr. Brad Schauer from the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television.

Costume competition! Come dressed as your favorite alien for a chance to win lobby prizes!

The Film:

Scientist Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry) and Sylvia Van Buren (Ann Robinson) are the first to arrive at the site of a meteorite crash. Soon after, an alien war machine emerges and begins killing at random. The Marines are called in, but they’re no match for the aliens’ force field. Forrester and VanBuren, however, are able to wound one of the creatures and procure a sample of its blood. They take it to Los Angeles where they hope, through testing, to be able to discover the aliens’ weakness.
Directed by Byron Haskin

The War of the Worlds won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and went on to influence other science fiction films. In 2011, it was selected for preservation in the United States’ National Film Registry in the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

 

Arnold Leibovit

Arnold is an award-winning writer, director and producer. He wrote, directed and produced the acclaimed film tribute “The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal” (1986) profiling the life of the Oscar winning science fiction and fantasy film pioneer, who directed the first screen telling of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine”.