Saturday, February 1, 2020

The Birth of Sci-Fi Cinema

I just realized today that it's been a month since I wrote anything here, so I figured I should write something. It was a busy January and didn't have much time to write anything for this website. My last post was on my favorite films of 2019. To continue the movie theme, two things I did in January was begin a seminar at Harvard University on the Nine Silent Films of Alfred Hitchcock, which is still underway for the next two weeks, and the other seminar that I just completed Thursday was on the Birth of Sci-Fi Cinema. The nine silent films of Hitchcock can easily be looked up, and I highly recommend them all if you're a Hitchcock fan, but below I will list all the films I saw this past week on the big screen related to the birth of sci-fi cinema, all of which were excellent films and highly recommended, especially if you can catch them some time on the big screen. So if you're interested in sci-film films and were interested in the origin of them, check these out:

Things to Come (1936)
Metropolis (1927)
Aelita: The Queen of Mars (1924)
Frankenstein (1931)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1932)
Island of Lost Souls (1932)
The Invisible Man (1933)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)
The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Just Imagine (1930)
L'Inhumaine (1924)
Paris Qui Dort (1924)
Mad Love (1935)
Dr. Cyclops (1940)

Of course, these are not all the sci-films of early cinema - they barely scratch the surface - but some of them are very significant, some are just rare to get on 35mm print (it will probably be the only time I ever get to see Just Imagine on the big screen), and others were just presented for their greatness and entertainment value, but all of them speak of the human psyche and the past and the present and the future in very significant ways.