The Incredible Shrinking Man
(1957)

After exposure to a radioactive mist, Scott Carey (Grant Williams) begins to shrink at the rate of one inch per week. While doll sized he escapes an attack from his house cat but is trapped in the basement, presumed dead. In the basement he struggles for food, shelter and safety from a huge spider. He finally kills the spider and escapes to the outside on what he believes will be his last day of existence. He then delivers the monologue that made the film so special.

"I was continuing to shrink, to become... what? The infinitesimal? What was I? Still a human being? Or was I the man of the future? If there were other bursts of radiation, other clouds drifting across seas and continents, would other beings follow me into this vast new world? So close - the infinitesimal and the infinite. But suddenly, I knew they were really the two ends of the same concept. The unbelievably small and the unbelievably vast eventually meet - like the closing of a gigantic circle. I looked up, as if somehow I would grasp the heavens. The universe, worlds beyond number, God's silver tapestry spread across the night. And in that moment, I knew the answer to the riddle of the infinite. I had thought in terms of man's own limited dimension. I had presumed upon nature. That existence begins and ends in man's conception, not nature's. And I felt my body dwindling, melting, becoming nothing. My fears melted away. And in their place came acceptance. All this vast majesty of creation, it had to mean something. And then I meant something, too. Yes, smaller than the smallest, I meant something, too. To God, there is no zero. I still exist!"

Thanks Don P!

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