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I saw this movie (from the 50s?) on TV as a child in later 60's. I recall it being b/w. I recall somewhat clearly a number of 'explorers' on a distant planet moving up a narrowish path/ledge along the side of a mountain. Heading to a City/Building they had seen at the top.

Key point was them encountering some 'giant ants' on the path and having to get [fight?] past them. The ants were possibly claymation style but in b/w they were very surreal looking and worked well to my young mind.

What is really tugging at me to find this movie is something about the city they reach. I believe the ants may have been workers for some other race. And most importantly something about time - either distorted or it is slowed or ends up standing still.

I have searched all the lists and researched those I thought may be close.

What is worse is that I swear I saw it as part of a collection DVD set and the name was so obvious that I didn't worry about finding later! Yeah Right!

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It sounds familiar to me, but what I'm thinking of has skeletons instead of ants. Is it possible that you're not confusing those? – poepje Nov 19 '13 at 17:53
Might have been skeletons in there. – user6800 Nov 24 '13 at 2:24
Could it have been The First Men in the Moon? It's in color, but memories can be deceiving :) – Nobby Nov 24 '13 at 3:24
Yes! tremendous! – user6800 Nov 24 '13 at 6:21
And P.S. how did you remember it? – user6800 Nov 24 '13 at 6:21
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Could it have been the 1964 version of First Men in the Moon?

Here are some images to jog your memory - they feature 'ant-like' aliens (Selanites) battling explorers on a narrow cliff path on a far off planet (the moon, almost a planet ;)) and there is a skeleton in the mix.

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Tremendous! How could I have not found this. Thank you so much! Though not quite ants, those creatures certainly have that odd movement claymation like that stayed with me as a kid. The trailer shows the one thing I could not describe which was the 'leader' whom I simply recalled being in some way odd or disturbing - and now I remember. And although the trailer doesn't seem to show anything about time dilation or standing still, it may have been a combination of the 'insectoid' movements and the ending I read about with the city crumbling. I may not have understood the flashback nature. – user6800 Nov 24 '13 at 6:20
You're welcome :) The stop-motion was by the great Ray Harryhausen - a classic film! – Nobby Nov 24 '13 at 22:57

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