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Retro Review 1981: Clash of the Titans

23 June 2011 8:41 PM, PDT | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

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Clash of the Titans (Original Release Date: 12 June 1981)

The original Clash of the Titans has gotten some attention thanks to last year's remake.  I guess that's cool, but I don't know how capable it is of making new fans.  I can see people new to it liking it for what they feel to be kitsch.  Looking at it as an adult, I can also imagine its original audience seeing it as kitsch.  Harryhausen's old-school approach to stop-motion looks creaky in comparison to the "go motion" developed by Phil Tippett for Empire Strikes Back, so it might have been a tough sell even then. 

It looks a little creaky in comparison to the best of earlier Harryhausen, too, so that doesn't help matters.  The Rotoscoping is more apparent than it is in The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad and Jason and the Argonauts.  Shading mismatches, »

- Thurston McQ

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This Week in Movies: Rich Kings, Power Rings and Flightless Wings

17 June 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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This Week in 1981: 'History of the World: Part I' Drops Wisdom

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. (So said one of the Marxes, Groucho or Karl, I forget which.) Mel Brooks took the latter approach and came up with one of his most memorable comedies, 'History of the World: Part I,' released 30 years ago this week (on June 12, 1981).

The film consisted of old-fashioned sketches, vaudevillian riffs on well-known historical periods, but it's so deliberately dated that it still feels fresh today. Its impact continues to this day, echoing through the acting careers it launched, its irreverent approach to history and its catchphrase so, um, catchy, that Brooks has continued to use it in just about everything he's done since.

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- Gary Susman

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