Jules Verne Double Bill

From Tuesday through Thursday, the New Beverly CInema (7165 Beverly Blvd) presents a double bill of titles starring French science-fiction author Jules Verne’s famous Captain Nemo: 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954) and MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1961). The first is the lavish Disney classic starring James Mason; the later is somewhat lesse expensive but still entertaining effort with stop-motion effects by Ray Harryhausen. It’s been an age since I’ve seen the latter film (which is one of Harryhausen’s best), but 20,000 LEAGUES has shown up on the big screen here in Hollywood several times in recent years, usually when Walt Disney Pictures is ginning up a little promotional buzz for yet another release on a new home video format (first VHS, then laserdisc, most recently DVD).

In fact, the American CInematheque showed this exact sane double bill in August 2007, to wrap up their annual Festival of Fantasy, Horror & Science Fiction Films. If you missed that opportunity, here is your second chance to see two highly entertaining classics from yesteryear.