Sci-Fi

Things to Come (1936)

Director: William Cameron Menzies
Actors: Raymond Massey, Cedric Hardwicke, Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson, Margaretta Scott, Maurice Braddell
Runtime: 95 min.

Set in the year 1940, the movie prophesies a future in which a decades long World War leaves society in tatters and Warlords rule over small fiefdoms. Almost 30 years later, after a plague kills off most of the survivors, a futuristic airplane arrives with the news that a group of technocrats are rebuilding society. Over time, society is reestablished with underground cities. In 2035 on the eve of the first manned spaceflight, the people rise up against the never ending advance of technology and strife is born into the world again.

Trivia: The screenplay was written by Orson Wells and was based on his essay, The Shape of Things to Come. He is rumored to have had a large degree of control over the movie, which is most often praised for its lavish sets. Director William Cameron Mendies was better known as a set designer (e.g. Gone with the Wind).