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Science on Screen at the Coolidge -- 11/26

From: user 5.
Sent on: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 7:26 PM

Science on Screen series at the Coolidge Corner Theatre continues Monday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. with The Man Who Fell to Earth and an introduction by cultural anthropologist Robert Weller. 


The Man Who Fell to Earth is a daring exploration of science fiction as an art form. The story of an alien on an elaborate rescue mission provides the launching pad for Nicolas Roeg’s visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation in contemporary life.   Rock legend David Bowie, in his acting debut, completely embodies the title role, while Candy Clark, Buck Henry, and Rip Torn turn in pitch-perfect supporting performances. For this special presentation the Coolidge will screen the Criterion Collection's newly restored, uncut version of the film featuring nearly twenty minutes of crucial scenes and details. 


More than just trippy sci-fi, Roeg's film is highly provocative allegory which raises myriad issues about the outsider's experience in modern Western culture. Joining us before the film to discuss some of these issues is Robert P. Weller, professor and chair of the anthropology department at Boston University.  Professor Weller is a member of the BU's Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs and the author of numerous books and papers.  His most recent book is Discovering Nature: Globalization and Environmental Culture in China and Taiwan


With Science on Screen, the Coolidge presents a feature film or documentary based in science, along with exciting introductions by noted scientists.  The Museum of Science, Boston and New Scientist magazine are co-presenters of this monthly series.


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