***THIS EVENT HAS NOW PASSED***
Film: Godzilla (ゴジラ)
When: Sunday the 4th of November, 10:45am
Where: Tyneside Cinema (Directions)
As part of their ‘Cult Classic All Nighter II’ Tyneside cinema are screening the fantastic original 1954 Godzilla.
Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost thirty sequels. A thrilling, tactile spectacle that continues to be a cult phenomenon. — Criterion
The original installment in the franchise is still regarded as the best ‘film’ in the franchise (in contrast to the later films, which while enjoyable often fall back on cliches) and was in heavy competition with Seven Samuari for Japan’s top film award. With the 2011 earthquake still fresh in the mind, as well as the anti-nuclear demonstrations that followed, Godzilla has never been such essential viewing since it’s original release 9 years after the bombs were dropped.