H. G. Wells' The Time Machine
The works of H. G. Wells have not been particularly well served by cinema. Aside from James Whale's stylish and inventive adaptation of The Invisible Man (1933), and William Cameron Menzies film of Things to Come (1936), the rest have been something of a mixed bag. Whilst both the 1953 and 2005 versions of War of the Worlds were impressive in their own way, neither captured the essence and spirit of the source material. However, in 1960 George Pal, noted at the time more for his duties as producer on such science-fiction heavyweights as Destination Moon (1950), When Worlds Collide (1951), the aforementioned War of the Worlds (1953) and Conquest of Space (1955), took to the directing chair for arguably the finest screen outing for a H. G. Wells story - The Time Machine.
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