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The Invisible Man (English with French subtitles)
Main screening room
July 12th, 2024
Suggested viewing age: 10 and up
71 min
Science fiction

Science fiction pushes the boundaries, explores the improbable, and envisions the future of humanity. It also exposes us to extravagant visual effects and the inventive power of cinema, reflecting our deepest fantasies. In cinema, science fiction is immersive, creating worlds suddenly within our reach. This summer, over one hundred films from the history of cinema will allow us to witness this!

The Invisible Man
Directed by
James Whale
English with French subtitles
Gloria Stuart, Claude Rains, William Harrigan
71 min
Horror, science fiction

Jack Griffin is a scientist who has found a way to become invisible. Before announcing it, he wraps himself in bandages and hides in an inn. His appearance attracts so much attention that it angers him. He then uses his invisibility to frighten the villagers, in increasingly treacherous ways.

The Invisible Man
Driven by Claude Rains' performance and the most inventive special effects, this memorable adaptation of H.G. Wells' work is sure to capture the imagination

James Whale

James Whale was a British film director, known for directing several horror classics like Frankenstein (1931), The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), as well as the musical, Show Boat (1936). Early in his career, he juggled various odd jobs before gradually discovering a passion for drawing and painting. When World War I broke out, he was only 25 years old. Whale enlisted in the army and was later captured by the German forces. While imprisoned, he discovered the joy of amateur theater, an experience that proved to be a revelation for him. However, it wasn't until he was 40 years old that he had the chance to direct a play for the first time, Journey's End. The play was so successful that he was invited to stage it on Broadway, where it was triumphantly received, and then to adapt it in Hollywood. With the advent of talkies, California studios were turning to the theater for dialogue writers. Whale was hired by Paramount. Universal then trusted him to direct the adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. He directed a dozen films for the company, developing a style characterized by the influence of German Expressionism and a highly mobile camera.


Ces écrivains qui ont fait la SF

Les visions spectaculaires de la science-fiction ont émergé dans la littérature avant de conquérir le cinéma, médium tout désigné pour leur donner vie. Les univers de certains écrivains majeurs sont autant de fils d’Ariane à suivre au sein de notre cycle d’été.

About James Whale