Rodan! The Flying Monster | Spotlight | Indy Week
Pin It

Rodan! The Flying Monster 

What does sculptor Auguste Rodin (pronounced Ro-dahn, if you aren't up on your French) have in common with Rodan (pronounced like it's spelled), the giant pterodactyl? The N.C. Museum of Art's exhibit of the artist's work has given the Triangle an excuse to milk every possible connection to the exhibit, no matter how weak that link might be. However, Rodan! The Flying Monster is hardly what one would classify as weak. The 1954 kitschy-classic film is the work of Toho Studio's Ishiro Honda, the guy responsible for just about all of the important giant Japanese monster flicks, including the original Godzilla, and more recent fare, like Rhapsody in August. The story is frankly of little importance--suffice it to say, Rodan loves to stomp on Japanese cities. If you're like many folks who prefer good, ol' scale models and guys in rubber jumpsuit costumes to computer animation, Rodan is a visual treat--the first of the monster series shot in color, no less. Festival host, the A/V Geeks, will show strategically edited film clips after the Rodan screening in an attempt to draw more parallels between Rodin and Rodan and the N.C. Museum of Natural Science's Natural Horror Picture Show series. Festival Rodan takes place at the new natural science museum Friday, June 2--a perfect complement to a night of First Friday activities in downtown Raleigh. See "Special Showings" for details.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Spotlight

  • Paul Newman, 1925-2008

    Paul Newman, 1925-2008

    A hero we could believe in
    • Oct 3, 2008
  • Remembering director Sydney Pollack, and his visit to Durham

    Remembering director Sydney Pollack, and his visit to Durham

    Pollack's death Monday, May 26, at age 73 represents the passing of a true film raconteur and accomplished director.
    • May 27, 2008
  • <i>Om Shanti Om</i>

    Om Shanti Om

    Om Shanti Om delivers the glitter and glamour, the comedy and thrills, religion and the supernatural, mother love, high fashion and eye-popping  production numbers in proper masala fashion.
    • Nov 14, 2007
  • More »

Twitter Activity


I find this rather interesting ..My name is Gary E.Queen .I am a grand son of Thomas H. Queen,Descendant ,Of …

by Gary E. Queen on The Queen Family (Spotlight)

"He was the picture of a man comfortable in his own skin and celebrity." I never met Pollack, but I …

by rwcass on Remembering director Sydney Pollack, and his visit to Durham (Spotlight)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation