Things to Come is a 1936 British black-and-white science fiction film which I watched tonight in sort-of Living Color (colorized).
Many aspects of this futuristic—for the time—film were startling. Including the astonishing resemblance between “Things To Come” actress Margaretta Scott (born 1912) and today’s Eva Green (born 1980).
Things This Predictive Movie Nailed Cold: World War II; the flying wing; form-fitting flight suits; the dominance of air power in war; a world-wide attraction to communism; the importance and usefulness of petroleum oil; wide screen LED TV; the smart watch-cellphone; the iPad-type “notebook;” vast, balconied, high-rise malls and hotels; elevators riding up clear tubes; the rail gun; space capsules; space travel.
The movie was outdated, irritating and corney in spots, with stilted or over-played acting—but riveting. The special effects were weird but seamless and convincingly advanced for the time.
The costuming stunk throughout, especially at the “fururistic” end. But production values were nevertheles very high for the era.
The script was strange, and socialist in premise, but presented soaring or cutting dialogue in a few brief instances.
The early British street scenes (1936) were an astonishing time capsule.
The movie makes a great show of an advanced, super-scientific, communistic culture which seems to have burst from literally nowhere, as the result of a world war.
It fails to explain where all the science, gigantic machines, and perfect-looking people came from, or even what the source of their extraordinary wealth might be. Whatever electric forces power their society are not revealed.
The film was indeed strange, dated, and choppy, but should be interesting to any student—or fan—of film from the 1930’s-1940’s.
I recommend it. Even if you saw it years ago, see it again 🤠