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Harryhausen: R.I.P.

August 9th, 2013 § Leave a Comment

I’ve seen ’em before, and I saw ’em again.

These were the JURASSIC PARK and INDIANA JONES of the day. I know I would have been lining up for matinees of these fantastic flicks were I a kid in the 50s or 60s, instead my Ray Harryhausen was Stan Winston.

But I know where it started and I know the score. You don’t get to Winston and Spielberg without Harryhausen, and I will make the pilgrimage from time to time. The pure artistry of Harryhausen’s models and practical effects put even some 21st century technicians and CG modelers to shame. The skeletons, oh the skeletons! In traditional Hollywood fashion, you have to up the ante. Thus the single skeleton from the end of 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD becomes seven skeletons at the end of JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS.

This is still one of the best stop motion/live action scenes of all time.

This is still one of the best stop motion/live action scenes of all time.

There’s a sense in Harryhausen films of the truly wondrous. He had a true respect for mythology and fantasy and fairy tales that came through in the films, and his stop motion models had the spark of life and personality about them.

And I gotta say, it’s nice to tribute a real Hollywood auteur with 35mm print presentations. Only at the GI.

—cyclops, rocs, and hydras, oh my, dan

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