Detroit Film Theatre


DFT 101: THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN

Saturday, April 07, 2012

4:00 PM

(USA/1957—directed by Jack Arnold)

Scott Carey (Grant Williams) is a typical ‘50s husband, living an uncomplicated, middle-class existence with wife Louise (Randy Stuart) when he unexpectedly passes through a mysterious mist, followed by a misguided spray of insecticide. The effects on Scott are minor at first – a newly laundered shirt that seems too large – but soon there’s no mistake. Scott’s getting smaller by the day, and medical science can find no way to stop the process. Jack Arnold’s low-budget but surprisingly effective science-fiction classic is based on a thoughtful novel and screenplay by Richard Matheson (I Am Legend), who resisted studio pressure to “dumb down” the plot, instead driving Scott’s adventure toward a philosophically profound and transcendental conclusion – especially when compared to most other 50s sci-fi thrillers. Sets and special effects (a newly threatening house cat and a menacing basement spider) helped to make The Incredible Shrinking Man a hit; in 2009 it was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. (81 min.)

“A moving assertion of what it really means to be alive… a pulp masterpiece.” –Geoff Andrew, Time Out Film Guide

Admission to all films in the "DFT 101" series is free to DIA member members and also free with paid museum admission. You need only show your membership card or admission ticket at the door. 
 
 
Saturday, April 7 at 4:00 PM