Family Matinee: Mythical Monsters & Beasts
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
dir. Nathan Juran, US, 1958, 88 min.
Sailing to Baghdad after a narrow escape from the monster island of Colossa, the wedding plans of legendary hero Sinbad and Princess Parisa are spoiled by the scheming sorcerer Sokurah. In return for his previous help with the cyclops on Colossa, Sokurah demands that Sinbad retrieve a lamp he lost on the island. When Sinbad refuses, the conjurer shrinks Parisa, forcing the sailor and his crew back to the high seas in order to save her.
Among the best stop-motion fantasy films ever made, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad showcases the work of legendary special effects wizard, Ray Harryhausen. Featuring multiple monsters ranging from a cyclops to a fire-breathing dragon, as well as a battle with a sword-wielding skeleton, Harryhausen’s creations went on to inspire legions of filmmakers. In 2008, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for its cultural, historical, or aesthetic significance.
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