November 3, 1954 in Japan for the first time, the premiere of the movie "Godzilla". The picture was so successful that the following year released a new version of it, and then the film took its rightful place in the "Top 100 Best" in the history of cinema.
I offer you the interesting facts and photos.
The idea of making a film about radioactive monster producer Tomoyuki Tanaka belongs: before he was forbidden to shoot based on a true story film project «Behind The Glory», which was to tell of Japanese fishermen from the vessel «Lucky Dragon 5" caught up in the American nuclear tests and received a serious dose of radiation. Meanwhile, the beginning of "Godzilla" - a direct link to this story.
The social significance of the film is that Godzilla waking from a millennial sleep due to explosions in the ocean, is a symbolic warning to mankind in the form of irrational radioactive beast, whose thermal breath sooner or later overtake people began to play with fire.
Name «Gojira» («Godzilla") - a combination of the Japanese words «gorira» («gorilla") and «kujira» («Whale"). This hybrid gorilla and whale, too, was an early prototype of Godzilla proposed by Tomoyuki Tanaka. But after Tanaka have looked the American film "The Beast from 20,000 fathoms of depth," he came to the conclusion that it must be Godzilla dinosaur. The old name of the monster nonetheless preserved.
Responsible for special effects Eidzi Tsuburaya was originally Godzilla giant octopus. This octopus named Oodako, was created, and later even lit up in some movies. Other early version of Godzilla was a creature with the head in the form of nuclear "mushroom».
Appliances lapse shooting Godzilla model (as in the old American "King Kong") was rejected because it costs on in terms of money and time. Besides Eidzi Tsuburayya stated that at that time in Japan, there was simply no masters in the art of animation.
It's hard to imagine, but the first Godzilla suit weighed as much as 91 pounds! Accordingly, causing stunt (Haruo Nakajima) serious inconveniences when traveling: could walk in it no more than ten meters, and then due to gravity and the heat is inside Godzilla becomes impossible. Fortunately, the costumes were subsequently eased somewhat.
60 years ago it was difficult to filmmakers find ways to implement its literally fantastic plans: the eyes and the mouth of the monster in the first film is controlled by three cables have missed Godzilla behind. In the second film in a suit for this purpose have built in some batteries, due to which it became even harder.
In the role of the operator of the first version, dёrgayuschego lever power to kill Godzilla current 300 thousand volts, he starred director Ichiro Honda. And right in front of the scene in the room you can see the most Haruo Nakajima, who also shone in the film and in the role of one of the reporters.
Another couple of very original solutions from the creators of the film: the voice acting for the awesome roar of Godzilla film composer Akira Ifukube drove a thick leather glove over the strings bass, then superimposed on the recorded audio reverb effect. Steps Godzilla voiced rope, which was beaten by iron pot! Tower of power that Godzilla has melted his radioactive breath, were made of wax and melted by supplying them the spotlight and a jet of hot air.
Circumstances also played a positive role in the process of filming: the soldiers, which can be seen in the film (directed to the coast to fight Godzilla) - real Japanese troops stationed during filming on maneuvers and successfully hit the shot.
Ironically, the original version of the show "Godzilla" in Japanese with English subtitles officially took place in the US, only half a century later - in 2004. In the same 2004th Godzilla got his well-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Stars.