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15 September 1933 (USA) See more »
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A young American man is transported back to London in the time of the American Revolution and meets his ancestors. | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
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Hump Day With Adam Lambert: London Calling
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Fine film which is hard to find See more (11 total) »

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Directed by
Frank Lloyd 
 
Writing credits
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John L. Balderston  play
John L. Balderston  screenplay
Henry James  unfinished novel "The Sense of the Past"
Sonya Levien  writer

Produced by
Jesse L. Lasky .... producer
 
Original Music by
Peter Brunelli (uncredited)
Louis De Francesco (uncredited)
J.S. Zamecnik (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Palmer 
 
Film Editing by
Harold D. Schuster 
 
Set Decoration by
William S. Darling 
 
Costume Design by
William Lambert 
 
Production Management
Earl Rettig .... unit manager
 
Music Department
Louis De Francesco .... musical director
 

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84 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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S. T. Joshi points to Berkeley Square, a 1933 fantasy film, as an inspiration for The Shadow Out of Time: "Lovecraft saw this film four times in late 1933; its portrayal of a man of the twentieth century who somehow merges his personality with that of his eighteenth-century ancestor was clearly something that fired Lovecraft's imagination, since he had written a story on this very theme himself--the then unpublished The Case of Charles Dexter Ward (1927)." Lovecraft called the film "the most weirdly perfect embodiment of my own moods and pseudo-memories that I have ever seen--for all my life I have felt as if I might wake up out of this dream of an idiotic Victorian age and insane jazz age into the sane reality of 1760 or 1770 or 1780." Lovecraft noted some conceptual problems in Berkeley Square's depiction of time travel, and felt that he had "eliminated these flaws in his masterful novella of mind-exchange over time."See more »
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[last line, heard in Peter's memory]
Helen Pettigrew:We shall be together, Peter. Not in my time, not in yours, but in God's.
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Fine film which is hard to find, 17 August 2011
Author: clementj from United States

This is a very amusing love story with a good dash of humor. Much of the humor centers around the culture clash between Standish and the 18th century family. Standish uses modern terms and slips when he reveals things that happen in the future. The culture clash is a cautionary tale for would be travelers. This film appealed to many women because Leslie Howard was a heart throb for many of them. My mother loved this film and could watch it over and over. She was so disappointed when late in her life it disappeared from the old movies shown on TV.

It is currently not commercially available, but a number of vendors have poor quality CDs or tapes for sale. All of these were probably made from a VHS tape from a TV showing. The tape was deteriorated and possibly copied several times so there is a lot of instability and wiggling of the image. The original broadcast used extreme compression of the video and sound. As a result the noise level rises to become very loud until dialog causes the gain to be cut. As a result the dialog is sometimes very indistinct. The music which was originally soft also rises to match the level of the dialog. Once this is restored by hand, the film is fairly listenable. The complaint of another reviewer about the music being too loud may stem from watching a copy with similarly compressed sound. In addition the broadcast severely cropped the film and did not stabilize the jitter.

This is a film that deserves restoration from the existing prints, but when and if this happens is unknown. Until then buying one of the existing CDs may be the only way to view this fine film.

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