Join Film Expert Elliot Lavine in Portland, OR

Dates
July 14 - August 18, 2018
July 14, 2018
The Thing from Another World (1951)
July 21, 2018
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
July 28, 2018
Them! (1954)
August 4, 2018
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
August 11, 2018
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
August 18, 2018
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Delivery
In-Person on Saturdays
11 a.m. PST
Cinema 21 Theatre
616 NW 21st Ave
Portland, Oregon 97209
Cost
$79.99

On the surface, life in America during the 1950s was a time of bright optimism and unparalleled technological advancement. Employment was up and prosperity was still within the grasp of the average working family. President Eisenhower seemed to have the situation well in hand. But with the recently ended World War, and the dangerous war now being fought in Korea, America had officially entered the Nuclear Age. This new era of heightened scientific curiosity, combined with growing concerns about the future contributed to a period of considerable anxiety--one that spawned a dark cinematic vision in the form of low-budget speculative science fiction films.

Hollywood suddenly found itself catering to this exciting trend, producing an onslaught of films that exploited everyday fears in cinematically inventive ways, offering audiences a wide variety of paranoid scenarios, all predicated on our wildest nuclear nightmares: hostile visitors from alien worlds, radioactively mutated insects, and the creeping realization that science had finally gone mad. Audiences embraced these strangely exciting pictures with enthusiastic passion, making them among the highest grossing films of the decade.

Each of the six films, all enduring examples of a largely misunderstood and maligned genre, will be viewed in their entirety in luxurious comfort at Portland's Cinema 21 and discussed with respect to their meanings and subtexts--without losing sight of the purely fascinating entertainment value they provide. From the poetic musings of Ray Bradbury to the amazing special effects of Ray Harryhausen--and beyond, COLD WAR SHIVERS promises to be an eye and mind-opening experience!

Instructor Elliot Lavine

Instructor Photo

Elliot Lavine has been a film programmer of national repute since 1990, both in the San Francisco Bay Area and now here in Portland. In 2010, he received the Marlon Riggs Award from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his revival of rare archival titles and his role in the renewed popularity of film noir. He has taught film studies courses for Stanford's Continuing Studies Program since 2006.

 

Films in this course

 

The Thing from Another World (1951)
A spacecraft carrying a sinister alien visitor crash lands at a remote Arctic outpost, setting loose a deadly chain of events. A suspenseful battle of wills in one of the genre's first bonafide classics. Produced (and probably directed) by Howard Hawks. Starring Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan. 87 mins.
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
After a spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert, the local townspeople begin to experience a strange and terrifying metamorphosis. From the poetic pen of Ray Bradbury, a thoughtful exploration of what might lie beyond the stars. Directed by Jack Arnold. Starring Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush. 81 mins.
Them! (1954)
Horrifying events emanating from the New Mexico desert signal the arrival of radioactive mutations, threatening the very existence of life of Earth! Can man alone reverse the effects of science gone mad? Directed by Gordon Douglas. Starring James Whitmore, Edmond Gwenn, Joan Weldon, James Arness. 94 mins.
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
A full-scale invasion of Earth by a menacing army of hostile saucers from space provides special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen with one of his most amazing accomplishments. An atmospheric, action-packed science fiction classic. Directed by Fred Sears. Starring Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor. 83 mins.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
A small town in California suddenly becomes aware of a strange cosmic phenomenon that soon becomes a terrifying reality: seed pods from outer space are replicating themselves in the form of human beings! The all-time cult classic! Directed by Don Siegel. Starring Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter. 80 mins.
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
A man passes through a mysterious mist and before long begins to shrink in size at an alarming rate. Despite its sensational title, this is a deeply felt exploration of existential notions about Life itself. Adapted from a novel by the great science fiction writer, Richard Matheson. Directed by Jack Arnold. Starring Grant Williams, Randy Stuart. 81 mins.
  • Elliot Lavine

    Elliot Lavine has been a film programmer of national repute since 1990, both in the San Francisco Bay Area and now here in Portland. In 2010, he received the Marlon Riggs Award from the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for his revival of rare archival titles and his role in the renewed popularity of film noir. He has taught film studies courses for Stanford's Continuing Studies Program since 2006.