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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Friday, September 15, 2006


William Cameron Menzies

You really should know who WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES (1896-1957) is! Menzies played many roles behind the scenes; director, art director and production designer included. He was noted for his distinctive visual flair.

Gone With the Wind (1939) Poster

A fine place to start is by viewing: Gone With the Wind (1939). This great film is an example of Menzie's visual flair, especially the final scene of the first half.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Things To Come (1936) From a script by H. G. Welles, this is an impressive look at a possible future with amazing sets and effects. But why does the space gun have a gun sight on the end of its barrel?
The Thief Of Bagdad (1924) Menzies was Art Director and Production Designer on this Douglas Fairbanks spectacular. He also worked on the 1940 version as director (one of many) and art director (uncredited).
Invaders From Mars (1953) This is a delightfully eerie little science fiction film where a boy tries to convince the authorities that Martians have landed and are taking over the city. Menzies directed and designed the film.
Around the World In Eighty Days (1956) Menzies was associate producer on this all star extravaganza.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Thurs, Sep 14 2006 / 12:36:31 PST

Academy Awards®
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1927-1928 Won Best Interior Decoration: TEMPEST — Art Direction, THE DOVE — Art Direction
1928-1929 Nominated for Art Direction: THE IRON MASK — Art Direction
1929-1930 Nominated for Art Direction: BULLDOG DRUMMOND — Art Direction
1939 Honorary and Other Awards: GONE WITH THE WIND For outstanding achievement in the use of color for the enhancement of dramatic mood in the production of GONE WITH THE WIND. Winner presented a Plaque.