in about 100 words or less
US 118m, Colour
Director: Desmond Davis; Cast: Harry Hamlin, Laurence Olivier, Judi Bowker, Maggie Smith, Ursula Andress
Clash of the Titans is a very loose adaptation of the myth of Perseus and his quest to save the Princess Andromeda. With film legend Ray Harryhausen at the helm of visual effects, The Clash of the Titans is a throwback to his earlier and arguably better fantasy–adventure films such as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) and Jason and the Argonauts (1963). Although stop-motion animation may have been considered an out-dated technique to bring mythoological creatures to the screen in 1981, espcially with the advent of computer generated effects, Harryhausen’s technique provides a look and feel which is not only nostalgic, but which is an entertaining and artistic means of storytelling (Klaus Ming December 2010).