Fleischer’s voyage comes to an end

Fleischer’s voyage comes to an end March 25, 2006

Richard Fleischer has died at the age of 89, reports the Associated Press. He was the son of Max Fleischer, who co-directed those famous wartime Superman cartoons, among others; and he went on to direct many movies of his own, some of which are memorable and others of which are, um, not-so-memorable.

The Fleischer film I know best is probably 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), since I watched it repeatedly when I was a kid; I have not seen it in years, now, though, and I have never written it up. I did, however, post some comments on Fantastic Voyage (1966) at a message board here, when I bought the DVD a few years ago. I have a weakness for movies that take place inside the human body, and this particular movie is one of the more famous examples — plus it has a hint of God-talk that I find interesting.

FWIW, Fleischer’s other films include Barabbas (1962), the original Doctor Dolittle (1967), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), Soylent Green (1973) and, uh, Conan the Destroyer (1984).

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