The Incredible Shrinking Man

Wednesday, July 6 at 7:30 PM — The Auditorium at NEIU — 3701 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Tickets: $10 at the door

July 6 - The Incredible Shrinking Man

Directed by Jack Arnold • 1957
One day you’re sunning yourself on the deck of a boat with your beautiful wife, the next day you’re fighting off giant spiders with a sewing pin and hiding in a matchbox. Creature-feature master Jack Arnold’s groundbreaking science fiction classic takes the type of punishment normally reserved for mad scientists and places it squarely on the shoulders of an ordinary man. Grant Williams plays Scott, a nice guy with a nice wife named Louise (Randy Stuart), who lives in a nice house, with a nice cat named Butch (who you may recognize, or not, from Breakfast at Tiffany’s). One day Scott gets randomly gassed by a mysterious passing cloud, and several weeks later he notices his clothes don’t fit so well. A trip to the doctor results in a grim diagnosis, “There’s no medical precedent for what’s happening to you.” Scott is shrinking, and over the course of several months he goes from being a normal guy to living in a dollhouse, cowering from his giant wife (try telling her to grab you a beer now, Scott!), and peddling his sad and unbelievable story to the local media for cash. Don’t worry, it gets much worse–let’s not forget about Butch. Jack Arnold’s influential film would go on to inspire more wonderful shrinking cinema such as Joe Dante’s Innerspace, Joel Schumacher’s The Incredible Shrinking Woman (based on the same Richard Matheson novel), and Joe Johnston’s Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. With the current cinema landscape drowning in mind-numbing CGI, it’s an immeasurable pleasure to view the ingenious, deceptively simple, beautiful optical effects and prop work used to create Scott’s giant new world.  (RL)
81 min • Universal-International • 35mm from Universal
Preceded by: “World of Pets: Cats” (National Geographic Films, 1985) – 16mm from Chicago Film Society collections

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