Elapsed Time: Rod Taylor & HG Wells’ Time Machine
When actor Rod Taylor died last week, I was in the midst of reading a short story by Georges Rodenbach called “The Time” about a man trying to synchronize a roomful of clocks and thereby his life.
From the same era, the 1890s, my favorite in period literature, comes HG Wells’ “The Time Machine.” The 1960 adaptation, Rod Taylor’s best-known film, features him in a room full of clocks symbolizing his obsession with time and desire to venture — to use another phrase from the turn-of-the-century — au-dessus du temps, or beyond the bounds of time.
The film of course features another archetypal masculine interior: the mad scientist’s lab. That’s a topic worth revisiting later with the classic films of the 1930s.
“The Time Machine” can be viewed on YouTube for $2.99. Below is the original trailer:
Marvelous! Promise me you’ll do Rex Harrison’s house in ‘My Fair Lady’ too!
Ha, that’s already on my list! But Freddy’s apartment would be better (though we don’t get to see it). He’s the dandy in the show.
How about featuring Rod Taylor’s French Quarter bachelor pad from the B movie classic, ‘Hotel’?
Haven’t seen that one. Had a feeling tips and suggestions on this subject would come faster than I could possibly post!