Godzilla: The Japanese Original

It spawned 60 years of sequels, remakes, and rip-offs, but the original over-sized sea creature is as thrilling as ever. The US version was not only badly dubbed, it was revised, re-cut, and re-arranged to add scenes with Raymond Burr as a reporter. To make room (and to excise the strong anti-nuclear subtext) 40 minutes were deleted. This is the restored original: the monster, awakened after millennia by hydrogen bomb testing – and impervious to repeated shelling by the Japanese army – wreaks havoc on Tokyo. With subtitles. (Ishiro Honda; Japan; 1954; 96 min)

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  • Dianne

    Sorry Joanne....I must have been talking with my date and walked right past you! Thanks again for setting this up though!!

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Dianne

    Thanks for letting us know...it was fun, SILLY and rather lame all at the same time. It was great to see how this all started.....can't believe this started 60 years of Godzilla!

    May 9, 2014

    • Joanne

      Dianne - sorry we missed each other. I was in the lobby holding a "meetup" sign from about 7:40 until right before the movie started.

      May 9, 2014

  • Lisa

    Everything you've come to expect from an enormous rubber monster and more.

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Joanne

    The movie starts at 8:00. I'll be in the lobby, probably by the chairs on the right side, until about 7:55. If you decide not to attend, please change your RSVP. Thanks.

    May 8, 2014

  • Joanne

    A couple of links to a review and also an interview I heard on Friday's Fresh Air about the original Godzilla

    May 5, 2014

  • Dianne

    Sounds FUN!!
    What is the cost?

    May 2, 2014

    • Joanne

      $9, $7 for senior or student. There is also the option to save some money if you go to Filmmakers theaters to buy a Screenie pass. You get 12 movies for $80, plus twelve popcorns or soft drinks. http://theaters.pitts...­

      1 · May 3, 2014

    • Dianne

      Thanks for the info. See you there!

      1 · May 4, 2014

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