The Shape of Things to Come (1938)
Social Science fiction, based on a HG Wells book, this film tries to warn the world about Germany and World War II, reflects the need for paranoia, and is one of several films base on HG Wells books that project into the future, as perceived by the filmmaker from the point of view of when and where the film is made. Pay attention to the comments by Raymond Massey near the beginning of the film. View all or part of this film and be ready to discuss the topics related to it in class.\ How does fiction relate to and/or reflect reality? How does context, perspective and the mood and perspective of the audience of the time impact a film? Do films hold up over time? Are messages universal or specific? Is this film truly Science Fiction? Why and how? Or if not, how would you classify this film? Other fllms can be studied reflecting the themes in this film, from horror films and the red scare, "IT" to "The Day the Earth Stood Still", all versions of "War of the Worlds" to various takes on "Fail Safe" and "Dr, Strangelove," "The Thing" to "1984." Things to Come (1936) is a British science fiction film produced by Alexander Korda and directed by William Cameron Menzies. The screenplay was written by H. G. Wells and is a loose adaptation of his own 1933 novel The Shape of Things to Come and his 1931 non-fiction work, The Work, Wealth and Happiness of Mankind. The film stars Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke, Pearl Argyle and Margaretta Scott.