Screening of Back to the Future at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, February 20, 2015
Robert Zemeckis’s delightful time-travel comedy (cowritten with Bob Gale) spawned two sequels and helped to make a big screen star of Michael J. Fox. Fox plays Marty McFly, a charismatic teen who finds his entire existence in jeopardy when a trip to 1955, courtesy of eccentric genius Doc Brown (the irreplaceable Christopher Lloyd), causes him to nearly keep his future parents (Crispin Glover and Lea Thompson) from falling in love. Zemeckis and Gale earned an Oscar nomination for their clever and charming screenplay, and later reteamed with most of the same cast and crew for two even more intricate sequels that took Marty and Doc first to the unimaginably futuristic world of 2015 and then back to the Old West. Deborah L. Scott, the Oscar-winning costume designer of Titanic, created suitably representative looks for 1985 and 1955, and the film’s other impressive craftwork includes seamless visual effects from ILM and Oscar-winning sound effects editing.