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Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema

24 Oct — 5 Sep 2021

Film special effects superstar Ray Harryhausen elevated stop motion animation to an art. From the 1950s onwards, his innovative and inspiring filming changed the face of modern movie making forever. Highlights from Ray’s collection will be showcased for the first time, making this the largest and widest-ranging exhibition of his work ever seen, including newly restored and previously unseen material from his incredible archive.

Ray Harryhausen’s work included the films Jason and the Argonauts, the Sinbad films of the 1950s and 1970s, One Million Years B.C. and Mighty Joe Young, and a wider portfolio including children’s fairy tales and commercials. He also inspired a generation of filmmakers such as Peter Jackson, Aardman Animations, Tim Burton, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg, and his influence on blockbuster cinema can be felt to this day.

This exhibition is in collaboration with the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation, celebrating what would have been his 100th birthday year. As part of a series of events and initiatives under the banner #Harryhausen100, this exhibition will be accompanied by screenings, workshops and more, bringing his creations to life once again and celebrating the legacy of a filmmaker who changed the face of modern cinema.

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