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Film Club: GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA (1974) promotional image

Film Club: GODZILLA VS MECHAGODZILLA (1974)

Thursday, October 28, 2021 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Becker Communication Studies Building
Witness the legendary origin of the mechanical monstrosity who made his Hollywood debut in this year’s Godzilla vs. Kong with the original Kaiju-on-Robot slugfest: Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla! As purely entertaining and imaginatively crafted a Godzilla movie as Japan has ever produced, Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla finds everyone’s favorite nuclear Kaiju dealing with a case of identity theft, as a mysterious doppelganger is wreaking havoc across the country and sullying his good name! Meanwhile, a…
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Cinematic Arts Lecture Series: Daniel Durant

Friday, October 29, 2021 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Virtual
Cinematic Arts Lecture Series: Daniel Durant Friday, October 29th, 2021 3:30pm to 5:00pm Virtual event RSVP at https://uiowa.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUode-tqDsrE9Mzg2pZ8bOZeQOCUFvwCcZK “Daniel Durant: Breaking Barriers via Deaf Representation in Cinema, Theatre, and the Arts” Join actor Daniel Durant for a lecture and Q & A in which he discusses his barrier-breaking career from Broadway to Hollywood, the importance of authentic Deaf representation in film, theatre, and television,…
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Ornamentalist Magic and Apparitions of the Yellow Woman

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Virtual
Anne Anlin Cheng is Professor of English, and affiliated faculty in the Program in American Studies, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Committee on Film Studies at Princeton University. She is an interdisciplinary and comparative race scholar who focuses on the uneasy intersection between politics and aesthetics, drawing from literary theory, race and gender studies, film and architectural theory, legal studies, psychoanalysis, and critical food studies.  She works primarily…
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Film Club: SUPER SENTAI 199 HERO GREAT DECISIVE BATTLE! (2011)

Thursday, November 4, 2021 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Becker Communication Studies Building
Plucky justice-seeking teenagers transforming into colorful superheroes to fight bizarre space aliens, and sometimes donning giant mechanical armors that combine into spectacular mecha: This is the central iconography of Super Sentai, one of Japan’s longest-running and most beloved tokusatsu special-effects franchises, famously adapted in the West as Power Rangers! But if you’ve only seen the American adaptation – which mixed stock footage from Japanese Sentai shows with original America…
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Film Club: Giorgio Moroder Presents METROPOLIS (1927)

Thursday, November 11, 2021 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Becker Communication Studies Building
We’re kicking off our third and final unit by going back nearly 100 years to a robot who may not be giant in physical stature, but casts a truly gargantuan shadow over all of film history: the Maschinenmensch, the humanoid cyborg at the heart of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Truly incalculable in its aesthetic and narrative influence over nearly a century of global cinema, the film is presented here in its infamous 1984 restoration by Giorgio Moroder, the renowned Italian electronica composer…
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Behind the S(cr)een: African Americans in the Entertainment Industries

Thursday, April 21, 2022 (all day)
Join us for the 2022 Obermann Humanities Symposium, Behind the S(cr)een: African Americans in the Entertainment Industries. The three-day event will take place April 21–23, 2022. This event was originally scheduled for Spring 2021 but has been postponed in the interest of public health. One of the spaces where critical work around black images happens involves what can be seen—the actual images that dance across our screen from Black-ish and The Chi to Harriet and Dear White People. But what…
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