The 1954 classic ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ screens July 28

The American Cinematheque and the Art Directors Guild Film Society will honor famed production designer Harper Goff with a screening of the classic 1954 Walt Disney adventure “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” on July 28 at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

The first sci-fi film produced by Walt Disney, this lavish adaptation of Jules Verne’s novel stars Kirk Douglas as a rakish harpoonist and James Mason as the infamous Captain Nemo. Peter Lorre and Paul Lukas also starred in the box-office hit directed by Richard Fleischer.

Goff, who was a 2013 Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame inductee, worked as a set designer for such films as 1935’s “Captain Blood” before joining Walt Disney Studios in the early 1950s. Among the highlights of his design for “20,000 Leagues” is Nemo’s submarine, the Nautilus.

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He was named a Disney Legend after his death in 1993 at the age of 81.


Besides the film, the program will feature production designer Thomas A. Walsh presenting an overview of the film’s art direction; after the screening he will lead a discussion about Goff’s accomplishments with Marty Sklar, the Walt Disney company’s International Ambassador for Disney Imagineering; Tony Baxter, former senior vice president of creative development in Walt Disney Imagineering; Harrison Ellenshaw, the former head of Disney’s effects department and a matte/visual effects artist; and Stephen Berger, production and theme-part designer, art director and set designer who collaborated with Hoff on the submarine the Proteus for 1966’s “Fantastic Voyage.”


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