1944, Sony Repertory, 75 min, USA, Dir: William Cameron Menzies

Director William Cameron Menzies and producer Sam Wood brought this noir-stained B-masterpiece to the screen as a searing character study accentuated by brilliant production design and the deep-focus photography by Rudolph Maté. Two close friends (Paul Lukas, Morris Carnovsky) and their families become enmeshed in a Nazi-wrought nightmare before World War II. Also starring Carl Esmond, Peter Van Eyck and K.T. Stevens (Gloria Wood).

1953, Wade Williams, 78 min, USA, Dir: William Cameron Menzies

This was the first flying saucer movie of the 1950s released in color, and director (and production designer) William Cameron Menzies makes the most of it, delivering surreal visuals worthy of a childhood nightmare – which might or might not be what young Jimmy Hunt is having when he sees a spacecraft land near his home. When his father goes to investigate, he returns seemingly changed, but no one believes the boy’s story of alien mind control.

1936, Janus Films, 100 min, UK, Dir: William Cameron Menzies

Director William Cameron Menzies brings to the screen H.G. Wells’ apocalyptic sci-fi novel, with input from Wells himself. A world war that begins in 1940 lasts until 1966, when a plague hits the planet and destroys half the population. Isolated primitive communities struggle through, but it soon becomes apparent a pocket of humanity has not only survived war and disease but has made enormous strides in technological achievement and design. With Raymond Massey and Ralph Richardson.

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