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The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)

Rod Taylor appears in several sequences of this documentary about special effects wizard George Pal. In particular, Rod introduces "The Time Machine" sequence and narrates a portion of it.

The documentary was produced, written and directed by Arnold Leibovit. It examines George Pal's career, from his early days in Hungary and Germany making short films with puppets and simple special effects techniques involving painting and glass.

Pal came to Hollywood following the rise of Naziism, and became a pioneer of stop-action animation, first with his "Puppetoons," then with live-action films.

During the 1950s, Pal turned out major science fiction hits on small budgets. He collected five academy awards for special effects, including one for "The Time Machine." His cinematic legacy can be traced today in the works of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Gene Roddenberry.




The Time Machine

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