The Time Machine (1960)
The 1960 George Pal film, The Time Machine, is one of my all-time favorite films. When I first saw this film in the theater I was captivated by both the time machine sled and the lab where it was constructed. So much so that I had to build an exact 1/12th scale version of the lab. Working on and off it took me a few years to complete. This lab is essentially that of an engineer so many of the bench pieces and other items placed here and there are all relevant to the work of an engineer. The custom glassware is indeed glass and the pieces are functional. To make the diorama more visually appealing a number of smaller detail items were added such as plant potting trowels, gloves, shovels, food, etc. There is a thermometer on a wall and a cookoo clock next to the door among other items. Drawers open up revealing even more bling any time traveler would need. The doors to the conservatory open up.
The Time Machine (also known promotionally as H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine) is a 1960 American science fiction film based on the novel of the same name written by H. G. Wells in 1895 in which a man in Victorian England constructs a time-travelling machine which he uses to travel to the future. The film starred Rod Taylor, Alan Young and Yvette Mimieux.
The film was produced and directed by George Pal, who also filmed a 1953 version of Wells’s The War of the Worlds. Pal had always intended to make a sequel to his 1960 film, but it was not produced until 2002 when Simon Wells (born 1961), great-grandson of H.G. Wells, working with executive producer Arnold Leibovit, directed a film with the same title.
The film received an Oscar for time-lapse photographic effects showing the world changing rapidly.