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'Godzilla' invades film series

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By Special to the Monitor

Monster Movie Wednesdays will present “Godzilla” at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the UNM-LA Lecture Hall. The movie is free and open to the public.
 The series turns to eco-monsters with the 1954 classic “Godzilla” (NR, 1 hr 38 mins). Shot much in the film noir tradition, “Godzilla” was called “Gojira” in Japan. The name is a mix of the Japanese words for whale and gorilla. Despite its seemingly cheesy use of simplistic special effects, the film competed with “Seven Samurai” for Best Picture in the Japanese Academy Awards.
 Starring Akira Takarada and directed by Ishiro Honda, this film uses the monster to explore serious concerns about the threat of nuclear power just nine years after the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; ecological effects like radiation were being faced every day.
Monster Movie Wednesdays continues Nov. 17 with “The Seventh Seal, (1957)” replacing the originally scheduled “The Swamp Thing.”
Visit www.la.unm.edu in November to see the schedule.