National Galleries of Scotland Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema exhibition catalogue

Ray Harryhausen: Titan of Cinema

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A richly illustrated book exploring the life and work of special effects superstar Ray Harryhausen

Harryhausen elevated stop-motion animation to an art during the 1950s to 1980s. With material drawn from his incredible archive, his daughter, Vanessa, selects 100 creatures and objects that meant the most to her as she watched her father make world-famous films that changed the course of cinema. The book includes many newly restored works and items that have never previously been seen.

In addition to Vanessa's reflections, many of those who worked with Harryhausen or were inspired by him add their own memories and comments. Ray Harryhausen's work included the films Jason and the Argonauts, the Sinbad films of the '50s and '70s, One Million Years B.C and Mighty Joe Young, and a wider portfolio including children's fairy tales and commercials. He also inspired a generation of film-makers such as Peter Jackson, Tim Burton, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg, and his influence on blockbuster cinema can be felt to this day.


  • Author: Vanessa Harryhausen
  • Paperback: 208 pages | 200 colour illustrations
  • Date published: October 2020
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1911054344
  • Product Dimensions:  26.5 x 24.5 cm