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UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hammer Museum present

The Dark Crystal

The Dark Crystal
June 23, 2019 - 11:00 am


The Dark Crystal  (1982)

When orphaned Gelfling Jen (Stephen Garlick) is tasked with repairing his planet's ruptured, beloved crystal, he embarks on a quest with the brave and far-more resourceful Kira (Lisa Maxwell) to stop the malevolent, reptilian Skeksis from assuming eternal power. Longtime collaborators Henson and Oz team up for the first time as co-directors to create the mythical planet of Thra and all of its inhabitants, miraculously without resorting to a single on-screen appearance by an identifiable human being. Notably darker than the standard Muppet fare, this fantastical hero’s journey mixes traditional puppetry with groundbreaking animatronic technology for a timeless adventure tale of singular, dreamlike wonder. Henson’s insistence that it isn’t “healthy for children to always feel safe” results in a classic story of good, evil and their struggle to coexist, with enough ingenious world-building to satisfy the appetite of ardent fantasy enthusiasts young and old.

70mm, color, 93 min. Director: Jim Henson, Frank Oz. Screenwriter: David Odell. Cast: Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards, Barry Dennen. 

Recommended for ages 7+

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