Things to Come

  • Film
  • Science fiction
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HG Wells thought Metropolis to be 'quite the silliest film', but a decade later Alexander Korda gave him enormous creative freedom to write a movie version of The Shape of Things to Come, which turned out to be just as silly. However, like Metropolis, it isn't just silly. It is a spectacular production wherein Wells takes his 'science versus art' preoccupations into the future (as seen from the '30s); and to make it work, only lacks the kind of pure cinematic form which a Powell/Pressburger would have given it, for its scale and love of 'ideas' pre-figure their films and make it just as unique in British cinema history. In the realm of 'prophetic science fiction', it is a genre landmark.

Release details

Duration: 113 mins

Cast and crew

Director: William Cameron Menzies
Screenwriter: HG Wells
Cast: Raymond Massey
Ralph Richardson
Edward Chapman
Margaretta Scott
Cedric Hardwicke
Sophie Stewart
Ann Todd
Derrick de Marney
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