Cinema: The New Pictures: Jun. 10, 1940

Edison the Man (M. G. M.). Villiers de I'Isle-Adam, eccentric French nobleman, spent much of his life on Paris park benches, scribbling on scraps of paper which he filed in his tattered pockets. When one batch of scraps was collated, it turned out to be a fantasy about U. S. Inventor Thomas Alva Edison. In Adam's The Future Eve, "le wizard de Menlo Park" meditates and mourns that his phonograph was invented too late to record the really great sounds of human history —the blaring of the trumpets of Jericho, Memnon's sigh to the dawn and "the superb whisper of...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!