THINGS TO COME
1936, Janus Films, 100 min, UK, Dir: William Cameron Menzies

Director William Cameron Menzies brings to the screen H.G. Wells’ apocalyptic sci-fi novel, with input from Wells himself. A world war that begins in 1940 lasts until 1966, when a plague hits the planet and destroys half the population. Isolated primitive communities struggle through, but it soon becomes apparent a pocket of humanity has not only survived war and disease but has made enormous strides in technological achievement and design. With Raymond Massey and Ralph Richardson.


ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
1944, Warner Bros., 118 min, USA, Dir: Frank Capra

Theatre critic Mortimer (Cary Grant) discovers on his wedding day that his beloved maiden aunts are serial killers of lonely old bachelors, and that insanity runs in his family. Just when he believes things can’t get any worse, his psychotic criminal brother (Raymond Massey) returns in the dead of night with his alcoholic plastic surgeon sidekick (Peter Lorre). A classic Capra black comedy!


EAST OF EDEN
1955, Warner Bros., 115 min, Dir: Elia Kazan

James Dean is brilliantly cast as shy Cal, a pre-WWI teenager who can’t escape from the shadow of his perfect brother, Aaron (Richard Davalos). Cal is also a rebellious black sheep who will do almost anything to gain the love of his strict father (Raymond Massey), a desire that may destroy those around him but may also, in the end, offer him his last chance at redemption. With a great cast that includes Julie Harris, Albert Dekker, Burl Ives and a cameo by Timothy Carey. In CinemaScope!


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