The Time Machine is a 1960 American science fiction film directed by George Pal and based on the novella of the same name by the English writer H. G. Wells. The film is known as one of the first genre classics on the subject of time travelling, describing various time jumps as seen through the eyes of the main protagonist. He thus witnesses World War I, II and III, before jumping further into the future, where the mankind consists of the harmless Eloi and the monstrous Morlocks.
The film was a huge success, winning an Oscar for special effects. Pal intended to film a sequel; however, he failed to do it before he died in 1980. In the meantime, the film got its television remake in 1978, an “unofficial” remake titled Time After Time in 1979, and another solid version starring Guy Pearce in 2002. None of them got close to the imagination, stylish craftsmanship, directorial mastery and fantastic vision of Pal’s adaptation of H. G. Wells’ literary classic about the ever intriguing phenomenon of time travelling. It is a treat to watch a film, which has been captivating the imagination of true film enthusiasts for six decades since its premiere, on the big screen!
George Pal (born György Pál Marczincsak; 1908 –1980) was a renowned Hungarian-American animator, film director and producer, best known for a series of classic science-fiction films made in the 1950s and 1960s, which were instrumental in the development of modern special effects.