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Saturday, November 17 - Fox Tucson Theatre

On Saturday November 17, Hanson FilmTV Institute and Fox Tucson Theatre join forces to present the new technicolor restoration of the 1953 classic, THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, directed by Byron Haskin, produced by George Pal, and based on the novel by H.G. Wells. Witness the alien invasion in fresh technicolor!

Only the second screening ever of the restored film, the evening will include a lively pre-screening chat between Arnold Leibovit, filmmaker and foremost expert on the films of George Pal, and Dr. Brad Schauer from the UA School of Theatre, Film & Television.

Costume competition! Come dressed as your favorite alien for a chance to win lobby prizes!

Lobby creature feature! Practical Special Effects creator (read: monster maker) Quin Davis has created an exact replica of the Martian from the film – on display in the lobby. Have your picture taken with a real martian!

When: Saturday November 17 at 7:30pm
Where: Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W Congress St Tucson or call 520.547.3040

The Film:

Scientist Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry) and Sylvia Van Buren (Ann Robinson) are the first to arrive at the site of a meteorite crash. Soon after, an alien war machine emerges and begins killing at random. The Marines are called in, but they’re no match for the aliens’ force field. Forrester and VanBuren, however, are able to wound one of the creatures and procure a sample of its blood. They take it to Los Angeles where they hope, through testing, to be able to discover the aliens’ weakness.  Directed by Byron Haskin, The War of the Worlds won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and went on to influence other science fiction films. In 2011, it was selected for preservation in the United States’ National Film Registry in the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

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