Ray Harryhausen, 1920-2013

Ray Harryhausen lecture With skeleton & Middlesbrough tower

Ray Harryhausen has passed away.

Cinema is almost always about making the impossible or imaginary appear as though real. The stop motion genius Ray Harryhausen was a peerless master of this magic. And while he made the astonishing appear believable, he did it without dimming the astonishment. I love no filmmaker’s work more than I love his.

Here is one of the very few greatest scenes in the entire history of cinema. It’s literally awesome, marvellous, fantastic and wondrous.

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Thanks, Mr. Harryhausen.

What we do now digitally with computers, Ray did digitally long before but without computers. Only with his digits. – Terry Gilliam.


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