A few weeks ago I came across the film „Things to Come”. It was released in February 1936 and based on H. G. Wells’s´ book „The Shape of Things to Come”, published in 1933. The plot was also written by Wells.
In a way the book as well as the film are somehow prophetic as far as they predicted the outbreak of World War II, including lots of atrocities. It predicted a decades long war. This missed the reality if we don´t take the Cold War as a continuation of WWII. The film is after all somehow Eurocentric in portraying the further future, though Wells was by no means a racist. Illusionary is the prediction of the „Airmen´s“ later rule for the good of the world.
The vision of a „World Government“ got perverted by reality into the attempt of the US Power Elite to rule the world in favor of themselves.
Additional to the prediction of WWII the film is also outstanding by its special effects being already produced in 1936.
See the film:
The film inspired me to turn to H. G. Wells again. He was an outstanding influential author inspiring many other writers. In deed he was a remarkable personality!
„The Shape of Things to Come“ as an ebook: