Sunday, Nov. 3 | 3:00pm
This screening features the new digital restoration of the 1954 classic – a thrilling, tactile spectacle that continues to be a cult phenomenon.
As the global balance of power teeters more and more on the threat of nuclear gamesmanship, this 65th Anniversary high definition movie release of the Japanese Gojira– the roaring radioactive beast – has a special resonance for today. Godzilla is a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire populations fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost thirty sequels.
“One of the saddest, most bluntly brutal monster movies ever made. The legacy of the war, of American occupation and the atom bomb, hangs over the whole film.” – Vulture
“The first surprise is that the original version, directed by Ishiro Honda, is not a kids movie, not a hectic teen goof, not a grindhouse shocker but a serious drama of politics, romance, and conscience” – Richard Brody, New Yorker
“Godzilla transformed the trauma of the war into fun or art. Ultimately, Honda’s movie belongs with Alain Resnais’ Hiroshima mon amour(1959), Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove(1964), and Bruce Conner’s Crossroads(1976) as a daring attempt to fashion a terrible poetry from the mind-melting horror of atomic warfare.” – J Hoberman, Criterion