Godzilla

96 mins.
Directed by Ishiro Honda
Japanese with subtitles
1954

A thrilling, tactile spectacle that continues to be a cult phenomenon, GODZILLA (a.k.a. GOJIRA) is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies.

It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at a time when the country was reeling from nuclear attack and H-bomb testing in the Pacific.

Its rampaging radioactive beast, the poignant embodiment of an entire population’s fears, became a beloved international icon of destruction, spawning almost thirty sequels.