My Favorite Movie with Lucianne Walkowicz: Mars Attacks!


The 1996 movie Mars Attacks! is a lovingly campy recreation of the campy sci-fi movies of the 1950s and 1960s, when the existential dread of the Cold War and the titillating but still largely unimaginable notion of space exploration resulted in such movies as Plan 9 from Outer Space, It Came from Outer Space, and the Mars Attacks! trading cards that inspired this brilliant work of kitsch directed by Tim Burton and starring Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Join Future Tense and Lucianne Walkowicz for a screening of Mars Attacks! and a brief discussion on the ways it reflected our Cold War anxieties and our fascination with all things outer space. Lucianne Walkowicz is an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and was the 2017-2018 Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology.

This latest installment of Future Tense’s “My Favorite Movie” series will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, at Washington, D.C.'s Landmark E Street Cinema at 555 11th Street NW. You may RSVP for yourself and up to one guest. Seating is limited.

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Don't forget to join Future Tense on Wednesday, June 10th for a conversation on how we will govern ourselves in space. RSVP for this event here.

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