20.06.2019 The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (the Shakespeare of science fiction)

The Invisible Man is an American 1933 Pre-Code science fiction horror film directed by James Whale. It was based on H. G. Wells’ science fiction novel The Invisible Man, published in 1897.

Philippe Lavallée, Invisible Man Poster Project I, March 1934, signed gouache, 330×250 mm. Original maquette designed by Philippe Lavallée for the French release of James Whale, 2 March 1934 of the American movie.

No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft,” reckoned HG Wells and in this, as in so many things, he knew whereof he spoke. The father of modern-day science fiction did not live long enough to see men walk on the moon, submarine-launched ballistic missiles and “ecology gone berserk”.

Philippe Lavallée, Invisible Man Poster Project II, March 1934, signed gouache

But in later years he was party to Hollywood’s burgeoning love affair with his work and by and large seems to have regarded this romance with a stern disapproval. The Island of Lost Souls was judged to be beyond the pale in that it allowed the horror to obscure the serious points of its source material. He could not countenance James Whale’s adaptation of The Invisible Man, because it turned his title character into “a lunatic”…

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