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12 December 2003, 04:39 AM
"Ray Harryhausen's contribution to special effects cannot be overstated, with virtually everybody in the field being inspired by his armies of mythical beasts in the Sinbad films, the dinosaurs of One Million Years BC, or the unforgettable and amazingly influential skeleton gladiators in Jason And The Argonauts (see even this year's effects-fest Pirates Of The Caribbean for an example). Today, the Guardian newspaper in the UK announces a visit from the man himself to Bradford's National Museum Of Photography, Film And Television, to take place tomorrow (Sunday 7th December), where he will talk about his life and career, accompanied by exclusive screenings of the classic King Kong (the film that switched Ray on to animated effects, and later producer Willis O'Brien mentored the young Harryhausen), the aforementioned Argonauts, as well as the first wide showing in the UK of the 50-years-in-the-making short The Story Of The Tortoise And The Hare!"

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Andrew W
12 December 2003, 09:25 AM
I was fortunate enough to be in the audience at the National Film Theatre for a similar evening, with Mr Harryhausen in conversation with Nick Park which was a wonderful. They talked about Ray's life and work for about an hour and a half and Mr Harryhausen was his usual laconic self.

They also showed Jason and The Argonauts on the NFT's biggest screen which AMAZING. One of my favourite movies (love any kind of ancient Greek type thing) and on the big screen it's even better. There seems to be a new print of it (looked very clean - in great shape) so if it travels o your part of the world try get to see it, you won't be disappointed.

12 December 2003, 09:51 AM
Just thought it might be worth mentioning again (in a thread which I haven't mangled so hideously) that Harryhausen's semi-autobiography Ray Harryhausen: An Animated Life is already out in the UK and will be released in the US in April.

regards, Paul

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