Thursday, June 9, 2011
Top 300 Movies Of All Time: #245 The Time Machine (1960)
Like most early attempts at science fiction this film doesn't have the wizardry of a special effects genius, but fortunately the story makes up where the makeup and bright lights are lacking.But it did win the Oscar for special effects.
Rod Taylor's disgust for the future of humanity is tempered by his affection for his love for Weena played by the stunningly beautiful Yvette Mimieux. In fact Mimieux never gets mentioned among the great screen gems but she had the look and was a better actress than credited.
This film was a hit in its time and has a solid following and is deserving a better reputation as a great film. The same year this film came out a British drama called "Sons and Lovers" was nominated for best picture. Ever hear of it? Ever see it? I have and it's a very fine film worthy of the nod in its day, but the measure of greatness is endurance. This version of "The Time Machine" has endured when many other critical successes have met the ash heap of film history. It belongs on the list.