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Celluloid with the lighting bolt and the clock tower

In Back to the Future, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) in 1955 is facing a big problem. How, when he no longer has access to nuclear fuel (plutonium), to power his machine to travel back in time, and return Marty McFly(Michael J. Fox) to the future. The solution comes from the sky: use the energy generated by lightning bolt.

The clock atop the courthouse was arrested when she was struck by lightning bolt on November 12th 1955. Doc and Marty know exactly when lightning will descend on the building and get the idea to use this information to serve their future project.

This scene was filmed on the famous place of the "Courthouse Square" located at Universal Studios Hollywood. But for the lightning effect, Bob Zemeckis, the film's director, turned to Wes Takahashi. The latter showned him several celluloid to anticipate the effect of bolt generated by lightning. The Archives' celluloid, is one of the few preserved samples and remains a relic of this pre-production stage.

Writer: PG

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Inventory number : 131