Episode 120 – Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla

The CriterionCast returns! Now that we’ve split off all of the segments into their own shows on our Hyperbolic network, we’re left with the space to discuss a release for as long as we want. This time around we spend an hour and a half discussing Godzilla.

About the film:

Godzilla (a.k.a. Gojira) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific. Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost thirty sequels. A thrilling, tactile spectacle that continues to be a cult phenomenon, the original, 1954 Japanese version is presented here, along with Godzilla, King of the Monsters, the 1956 ‘Americanized’ version.

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Netflix Links (Gojira / Godzilla King Of The Monsters)

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