"Filming Pulp Poetry: Ray Bradbury and It Came From Outer Space" (lecture)
Date: April 8, 2014
Times: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: Special Collections
Contact: Bob Diaz
In this is the final lecture accompanying the "Mars Madness" exhibition, Bradley Schauer, Assistant Professor, UA School of Theatre, Film and Television, explores "Filming Pulp Poetry: Ray Bradbury and It Came From Outer Space."
In 1953 Universal Studios, known for its horror films, released its first science fiction feature of the '50s -- It Came From Outer Space, written by prominent science fiction writer Ray Bradbury. Based in part on Bradbury's childhood memories of living in Tucson, It Came From Outer Space is a haunting and beautiful film that challenges easy assumptions about '50s science fiction films being "schlocky" or campy. Professor Schauer will detail the production history of the film, discussing how Bradbury and the filmmakers were able to create an eerie and poetic film while still giving science fiction fans the scares and thrills they expected from the genre.
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.