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History of Cinema Time Travel

For the past thirty years, when people have heard “time travel movie," they most likely thought of “Back to the Future.” And rightfully so; the original brought in over two hundred million dollars -the most of any movie in 1985- spawned two sequels and a Saturday morning cartoon, and is regularly named one of the best films ever made.

“Back to the Future” was hardly the first time travel film. Neither was the successful 1960 adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine.” The first film telling a story about traveling in to the past was released in 1921, an adaptation of Mark Twain’s “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court.” Sadly, only three reels of this film have survived.

This week, director Dean Israelite and producer Michael Bay add their own entry to the ever-growing list of time travel films with “Project Almanac.” Tickets to see this latest installment are available at the box office and online.

To brush up on your film history, check out Hollywood Blvd’s History of Cinema Time Travel featurette: 

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