16MM MOVIE NITE
ANTEBELLUM ia obsessed with B&W sci-fi and monster films from the 1950s.
please join us for our screening of
ORIGINAL 16MM FILM projected on a screen!
LIVELY PRE & POST SCREENING CHAT
BEAUTIFUL PATIO FOR PRE & POST SCREENING RELAXATION
Invaders from Mars, 1953 American science fiction film directed by William Cameron Menzies that was developed from a scenario by Richard Blake and based on a story treatment by John Tucker Battle, who was inspired by a dream recounted by his wife. The film was produced independently by Edward L. Alperson Jr. and starred Jimmy Hunt, Helena Carter, and Arthur Franz. Invaders was then distributed byTwentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
An Eastmancolor negative was used for principal photography, with vivid SuperCinecolor prints struck for the film's initial theatrical release to provide an oddly striking and vivid look to the film's images; standard Eastmancolor prints were used thereafter on later releases.
The film is notable for telling its story from the point of view of an older child in an adult world heading into crisis. Despite being a quickly shot, low-budget 1950s feature, Invaders uses occasional camera angles set lower or higher than usual to enhance the dramatic and visual impact of key scenes. Some of Menzies' set designs (notably those in the police station, the observatory, and the interiors of the Martian flying saucer) also consist of elongated structures with stark, unadorned walls, sometimes much taller than necessary, adding touches of dreamlikesurrealism. The production also makes use of a unique, outre music score consisting of an ethereal, rhythmically wavering tonal composition sung in unison by a choir.