Gojira in Austin!

Thursday, Friday, and Sunday, the Paramount Film Series is showing the original version of the 1954 Godzilla.

I’m really excited! Mothra was a staple of my childhood television viewing. Godzilla came later, and now I am working my way through the Godzilla films to build a list of personal favorites. (So far, Godzilla v. Gigan and Destroy all Monsters join the Mothra films as my top picks.)

The New York Times had a good piece on how the restored film differs from the version that was originally made available to American audiences.

As the historian William Tsutsui reminded us in last year’s cult classic, “Godzilla on My Mind,” the 1954 movie was a dark, poetic production that dealt openly with Japanese misgivings about the nuclear menace, environmental degradation and the traumatic experience associated with World War II. […]

The American company that bought the rights to distribute the film in this country cut a large chunk from Honda’s original film and rearranged the plot. The biggest change involved splicing in Raymond Burr, who played an American reporter chronicling the devastation for the press. Dialogue that dealt heavily with human suffering, the morality of all-out war – and the temptation to play God with weapons of mass destruction – was left on the American cutting room floor.

I love watching Gojira stomp on tiny tanks, but I also like a little substance with my smashing. Thanks to the Paramount for such an opportunity!

2 thoughts on “Gojira in Austin!

  1. unwiredben

    There’s lots of Godzilla goodness in this interview from Fresh Air that I heard on one of my trips to California. If you go on Friday or Saturday, let me know. I’d love to tag along, as I’ve never seen the original film.

  2. unwiredben

    Thanks to MT filtering, the URL for the interview didn’t make it into my posting. Here it is for all to enjoy – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1910968“>http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1910968″>http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1910968″>http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1910968″>http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1910968

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