The Time Machine
1960, 103 minutes, Digital, G
Director: George Pal
Cast: Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux, and Sebastian Cabot
In this popular adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic novel, Rod Taylor is a scientist in 1880s Victorian England who builds a vehicle to transport himself through time. He rst travels to 1917 and the horror of World War I. Next, he sets his destination for 1940 and the start of World War II. From there he travels to a future London where he barely escapes nuclear holocaust.
In his desperate escape, he sets his destination into the future and ends up in the year 802701, where he meets an innocent race of people living in an idyllic land… but this future may be the most dangerous of all his journeys in The Time Machine.
“Entertaining George Pal sci-fi, loosely derived from the H.G. Wells novel and set at about
the time the book was written — 1895. The plush Victorian furnishings in the home of
the time-travelling scientist are contrasted with the catacombs of the cannibalistic future, where Yvette Mimieux is a dainty morsel on the menu. The machine itself is a beauty, with a red velvet seat and gadgets made of ivory and rock crystal, and the time-travel effects help to make this lm one of the best of its kind.”
— Pauline Kael
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Special Effects