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98 minutes · 1954

Action/Adventure, Drama, SciFi/Fantasy
The original Japanese version of Ishiro Honda's groundbreaking 1954 monster movie—which is to say, with subtitles and without Raymond Burr. Is Godzilla, the gigantic rubber reptile awakened by the Bikini beach atom bomb tests, a metaphor for Japan's nuclear trauma? Or is he, as Bruno Bettelheim might suggest, a fairy-tale projection of a child's fears about his growing body and voracious appetite? Either way you look at it, Godzilla remains one of the most potent mythic structures of the 50s, and you get him here in full foot-stomping glory. In Japanese with subtitles.

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