Ian Christie and Lectures on Visions of the End (November 6, 8)
The November series of lectures by Prof. Ian Christie (Birkbeck College, University of London) will deal with visions of the end and the apocalypse as well as with visions of the future predicted after World War 2. The lectures will be held on November 6 and 8 in the Art Centre of Palacký University.
November 6 | 3 pm | Film Hall | Art Centre of Palacký University
Ian Christie: Imagining the End
The late 19th century saw an upsurge of fervent religious belief, with many sects proclaiming that 'the end is nigh' - taking their ideas from the Book of Revelation, and its apocalyptic prophecies. New visual media proved highly effective in communicating this vision, with groups like the Jehovah's Witnesses producing their own highly ambitious religious spectacles. But the mainstream films industries also responded to a sense of impending doom, underlined by the catastrophic scale of the Great War. The lecture will investigate the symbiosis between new media and a 'new apocalypse'.
November 7 | 7 pm | Film Hall | Art Centre of Palacký University
The Ten Commandments (study screening)
The Ten Commandments | Režie: Cecil B. DeMille | USA | 1923 | 136 min.
November 8 | 10 am | Film Hall | Art Centre of Palacký University
Ian Christie: 'Is this the way the world ends?': Future histories after World War 1
After the Great War, many responded to its carnage by predicting even worse to come, with a series of great 'predictive histories' from Wells, Huxley and Čapek. How has this this new dystopian tradition shaped our thinking, before and since World War 2 - with the added factor of nuclear apocalypse looming over the post-war years?
Ian Christie is a historian of culture and media, author and editor of monographs on Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, Martin Scorsese and Terry Gilliam. He is a fellow of the British Academy, Professor at Birkbeck College, University of London, Head of London Screen Study Collection and Vice-President of Europa Cinemas. His latest publication is Audiences (2012).