Hey everyone, since we'll be seeing the new "Godzilla" earlier in the day, I've decided to make May 17, 2014 Godzilla Day for the Film Buffs. I'll be showing the original Japanese version along with the American version done 2 years after.
"Godzilla" (1954) is the granddaddy of all monster movies. It is also a suprisingly somber and humane drama made in Japan at a time when the country was still reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. This rampaging radioactive beast became the embodiment of an entire population's fears and a beloved international icon of destruction. Terry Moose took the original "Godzilla" added footage of Raymond Burr along with some other actors, reedited the footage and dubbed new dialogue, resulting in "Godzilla, King of the Monsters" (1956). It'll be interesting to see both versions to compare and contrast.
Feel free to bring a drink or snack to share. We'll order some pizzas between the films. Hope to see you there!