American disaster movies with Scott Freer

American disaster movies with Scott  Freer

This event has finished Took place on: Wednesday, 12th May 2021

 Free

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Come on a roller coaster trip through the history of disaster movies with Scott Freer!

In this online talk, Scott will be exploring the secular and religious dimensions of the apocalyptic spectacle, and the role of spectator, in American disaster movies. As Scott will argue, the disaster genre is distinctive to American film history. And yet critics have generally taken a dim view of its ‘trashy’ mass appeal, in particular Pauline Kael who likened the destructive spectacle of the 70s’ cycle to the thrills of the amusement park and the Roman orgy of the gladiatorial colosseum.

The cinematic depiction of mass destruction, though, derives from a long tradition of sublime terror in American visual culture – for example, the biblical epics of Cecil B. DeMille and the influential Old Testament paintings of John Martin. Kong (1976) and The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal (1979). Join Scott for a hair-raising and cathartic ride through a carnival exhibition of death, destruction and disaster.

Furthermore, numerous disaster films, such as Two-Minute Warning (1976), Black Sunday (1977) and Rollercoaster (1977), are set in modern arenas of spectacle in which the spectator (within the film) performs various emotional roles beyond that of the sadistic voyeur.

The talk will cover a range of relevant genres, cycles and sub-genres – including eco horror, sci fi, 70s disaster movies and made-for-television drama: The Ten Commandments (1923) The Sign of the Cross (1932), The Last Days of Pompeii (1935), Dante’s Inferno (1935), Samson and Delilah (1949), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Westworld (1973), Earthquake (1974), The Hindenburg (1975), King Kong (1976) and The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal (1979). Join Scott for a hair-raising and cathartic ride through a carnival exhibition of death, destruction and disaster.

About the speaker:

Dr Scott Freer is an independent scholar and currently employed at Lincoln University. He has published scholarly articles on A Canterbury Tale (1944), Scott of the Antarctic (1948), The Third Man (1949), I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987) and Sweeney Todd (2007), as well as the transmedia legacies of modernist literature in the visual arts, digital media and television.

He is the editor for ‘The Journal of the T.S. Eliot Society (UK)’ and his monograph, Modernist Mythopoeia: The Twilight of the Gods (2015), examines experimental literary forms of articulating notions of the sacred that lie between secular materialism and dogmatic religion. His next book, American Disaster Films: High Modernity, Crisis and Spectacle, will be published in 2022 by Bloomsbury.

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This event has finished Took place on: Wednesday, 12th May 2021

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2021-05-12 2021-05-12 Europe/London American disaster movies with Scott Freer Come on a roller coaster trip through the history of disaster movies with Scott Freer. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2021/05/12/american-disaster-movies-with-scott-freer-254965 ,,,

This is an online video event, please check the organiser for details about how to watch.

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