Fascinating documentary for one of the best films in history
The fact that George Pal's "War of the Worlds" ranks in the top 30 of
the American Film Institutes Top 100 films of all time is just one
tidbit provided by Ann Robinson, actress who appeared as Sylvia Van
Buren in the science fiction classic. Robinson, along with others
associated with/interested with the film (including co-star Gene Barry,
special effects legend Ray Harryhausen, author Justin Humphreys,
historian Bob Burns, and actor Robert Cornthwaite), provides some
illuminating facts about the production.
Along with giving the background "making of" information, the
documentary also does a lot of "name-dropping" of Hollywood luminaries
that also had an interest in the Wells classic, including
actor/director Orson Welles, producer Cecil B. DeMille, and Sir Alfred
Hitchcock who himself wanted to turn the story into film.
The documentary, found as one of the special features on the special
DVD edition of the film, is well worth repeat viewings.
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