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Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan

Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan


This is the definitive documentary about Ray Harryhausen.

The critical consensus

Harryhausen emerges as a charming, likable pioneer, a mood helped along by the adoring nature of this profile.

***(*)(*)Andrew Pulver, The Guardian, 08/11/2012

Harryhausen’s anecdotes and comprehensive archive of designs, models and test footage make this a film buff’s delight.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 09/11/2012

A fascinating and loving look at one of cinema's true greats.

****(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 09/11/2012

You come away feeling Harryhausen perhaps deserves a more dynamic tribute, but it’s a solid round-up of an extraordinary career.

***(*)(*)Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies, 08/11/2012

This celebration of a one-man creature workshop is a little too exhaustive in its detail, but if you loved his febrile creations in Jason And The Argonauts or the Sinbad movies, it’s worth catching.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 25/11/2012

Harryhausen’s role in shaping cinema can’t be denied but unfortunately this doc is a little dry, often coming across as nothing more than a TV special. However, the quality of the interviewees and a chance to look behind the scenes at how Harryhausen painstakingly achieved such fantastic results makes it essential viewing for any fantasy film fans.

***(*)(*)Henry Northmore, The List, 23/11/2012

Where and when?

Glasgow Film Theatre, Glasgow from Sunday January 20, 2013, until Wednesday January 23, 2013. More info:

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