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    Godzilla (Toho, 1954). Japanese Speed (10" X 29").
    Much has been written about the metaphorical nature of this landmark film. More than a simple giant monster movie, Gojira - better known as Godzilla to Western audiences - embodies the devastating reality of Japan's experience with the atomic bomb at the end of, and after, World War II. Conceived by producer Tomoyuki Tanaka and brought to life by special effects genius Eiji Tsubaraya, the dark and thoughtful film - that conflated not only the terror of the atomic bomb blast over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but also the more recent experience of the hydrogen bomb test over the Bikini Atoll and the resulting fallout that unexpectedly impacted the country - was realized on the screen by director Ishiro Honda, who had been held as a prisoner of war in China before the Japanese surrender, and whose return home through the ruins of Hiroshima had a lasting impact on him. This special-effects heavy film enjoyed a massive budget - twice that given to Akira Kurosawa's Shichinin no samurai (The Seven Samurai), made in the same year by the same studio - a gamble that could have ruined Toho had the film failed at the box office. Fortunately, the picture was an international sensation, paving the way for more than two dozen sequels, making it one of the most successful franchises in movie history. Original Japanese paper from this highly important movie is very scarce and highly desirable; the "Speed" version offered here has been particularly elusive. This copy is in superb condition, with only some light fold wear keeping it from an even higher grade. This is a wonderful piece, with a fabulous image of the King of the Monsters, one you won't want to pass up, as another may not come your way for quite some time. Very Fine+.


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