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Mysterious Island

Mysterious Island
February 17, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Mysterious Island  (UK/USA, 1961)

This fanciful adaptation of Jules Verne's 1874 novel, atypical for director Cy Endfield, called upon his knowledge of American genres, European locations and the dramatization of group dynamics.  Here, a group of Union Soldiers in the American Civil War escapes a Confederate compound in a hot air balloon, landing on an island full of outsize and mysterious beasts, animated by Ray Harryhausen. 

DCP, color, 101 min.  Production: Ameran Films.  Distribution: Columbia Pictures.  Producer: Charles H. Schneer.  Director: Cy Endfield.  Based on the novel L'ile mystérieuse by Jules Verne.  Screenwriter: John Prebble, Daniel Ullman, Crane Wilbur.  Cinematographer: Wilkie Cooper.  Editor: Frederick Wilson.  Composer: Bernard Herrmann.  With: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill, Herbert Lom.