Invaders from Mars

Dir. William Cameron Menzies (1953). Stylized, almost avant-garde in its use of minimal forms, forced perspective, and bursts of color-field frames, Invaders from Mars suggests a Cold War Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, complete with added dream “frame.” The movie’s first half is a child’s nightmare that his parents have become Martian-ized; the second is a war film with the 12-year-old hero right in the middle of the action.
Fri., April 16, 4 p.m.; Sat., April 17, 2 p.m., 2010

 
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