About the Program
Trace the history of science fiction on the silver screen! For the next installment of our popular movie discussion series, join us for lively conversations about the following films, the contexts in which they were made, and the ways their stories, characters, and ideas continue to influence culture and politics to this day.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)—Released at the apex of Cold War paranoia, this golden-age horror film imbued political content into a compelling story about an alien invasion.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)—This meticulously crafted Stanley Kubrick film about a voyage to Jupiter reflects the hope and despair born of a tumultuous era.
The Matrix (1999)—Released as the Internet was becoming a ubiquitous part of everyday life, this blockbuster film questions the nature of reality in a world where ideas, information, and even one’s own presence can be convincingly represented digitally.
Arrival (2016)—This modern classic about alien life on Earth portrays how bureaucratic discord, fear, and miscommunication could threaten our existence.
Facilitator: Theodore Rand is a graduate of New York University. A former magazine editor, he has held technology and innovation positions at Miramax, Yahoo! Media Group, Fox Networks, the Walt Disney Company, and UCLA Anderson.