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Welles on the Radio & War of the Worlds
 
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Hey Film Fans!

We have a special, one-time-only horror treat this weekend, just in time for Halloween! On Sunday afternoon, we’re screening of a brand-new 35mm print of the 1953 alien invasion classic War of the Worlds, directed by Byron Haskin.

Before the feature, University of Chicago professor and radio expert Neil Verma will present rare excerpts of Orson Welles’ infamous 1930’s War of the Worlds broadcast, which caused a nationwide panic 75 years ago this Halloween.

Tickets are on sale now. Don’t be left out in the cold, get yours today!

Tuesday, October 22nd – Monday, October 28th, 2013

 
 

Welles on the Radio Plus War of the Worlds

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A screening of a brand-new 35mm print of the 1953 film War of the Worlds, directed by Byron Haskin, plus a special radio treat from 1939!

Before the feature, University of Chicago professor and radio expert Neil Verma will present excerpts of Orson Welles’s infamous War of the Worlds broadcast, which caused a nationwide panic 75 years ago this Halloween.

What drove 1.2 million Americans from New Jersey to San Francisco to the brink of suicide — literally? Hear about the biggest hoax of all time from the author of Theatre of the Mind: Imagination, Aesthetics and American Radio Drama.

War of the Worlds

A film by Byron Haskin starring Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne

 

The film adaptation of the H.G. Wells story told on radio of the invasion of Earth by Martians.


“As the perfect crystallization of 50s ideology the film would be fascinating enough, but the special effects in this 1953 George Pal production also achieve a kind of dark, burnished apocalyptic beauty.”
–Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

When visionary producer George Pal brought the classic H.G. Wells story of a Martian invasion to the big screen it instantly became a science fiction classic, and won the 1953 Academy Award for Best Special Effects.

It’s a work of frightening imagination. As formations of alien ships wreak destruction around the globe, the military is helpless to stop this enemy while scientists race to find an effective weapon.

 


Sun, Oct 27 1:00pm
 

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