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 Post subject: War Doc Overcame Hurdles
PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2005 8:37 pm 
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Rod Pyle, director of the documentary H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds: 100 Years of Terror, told SCI FI Wire that it was not easy to put the author's life and his seminal work into perspective, in part because studios that own various versions of the work didn't cooperate.

"There were obstacles," Pyle said in an interview. "Paramount would not give us access to any of the footage of the 1953 movie [from George Pal], and the people in charge of the Orson Welles radio broadcast footage would not give us permission to use what they had."

But Pyle, who produced the documentary with partner Ken Kramer for their First Person Productions, said he made do with interviews with film and literature historians, illustrations, film stills and the cooperation of the H.G. Wells conservancy. They were able to piece together a solid look at Wells and the many interpretations of his classic work, just in time for yet another film version, from director Steven Spielberg and star Tom Cruise.

"What we've done is give a very good background into the early life of H.G. Wells," Pyle said. "We learn about his politics and the fact that he was very much a malcontent when it came to the dynamics of colonial society and Victorian attitudes. We also explore how his attitudes slipped into War of the Worlds, as well as The Time Machine and The Invisible Man."

The documentary centers on Wells' classic SF book, which inspired the 1953 movie, Welles' famous radio broadcast, a television series and even a musical. A companion disc, H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds: Mars: 100 Years of Discovery, explores the science of the Red Planet, from Mariner 4 to the present day, with input from NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

"War of the Worlds is a classic story whose themes still resonate with people," Pyle said. "What we've attempted to do is a serious look at Wells and his work." H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds: 100 Years of Terror is now available from Goldhil Home Entertainment.

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