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Godzilla Reboot Going Retro: Some Scenes to Take Place in 1954

The cinematographer for the upcoming Godzilla reboot says that part of the film is going to be set in 1954, which is the year that Godzilla first appeared on screen.

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Gojira, AKA Godzilla: King of the Monsters, first came out in 1954. It seems that Gareth Edward’s new interpretation will also have scenes set in that same year. Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey gave an interview in the new tie-in book “Godzilla with Light & Sound”, and in his discussion about making the film, he spilled the beans about a section of the film taking place in 1954.

McGarvey says, “On ‘Godzilla’ I used the old C series anamorphic lenses, and for the section in 1954 I used really old vintage lenses from the early 1960s. They took the edge off of the very vivid, sharp sensors, and gave it a distant period feel.”    

Will these 1954 scenes connect the new Godzilla film to the original somehow? That would also fit in well with the appearance by original star Akira Takarada, who played Ogata in Gojira. However, these 1954 scenes may be completely unrelated to the classic film. Possibly, the story is going to connect the creation of Godzilla to the use of the A-Bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, just as the original did.                                                                                     

The plot of the film, according to the press releases is as follows: An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla; this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

The much-anticipated reboot will be directed by Gareth Edwards and will star Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Oldboy, Silent House), Ken Watanabe (Batman Begins, Inception, Letters from Iwo Jima), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Chocolat), David Strathairn (Lincoln, the Bourne films) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Malcolm in the Middle). Godzilla will stomp into theaters on May, 16 2014.  

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