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Fall 2020 Cinema and Architectural Imagination

Curated by Eliyahu Keller
Assistant: James Vincent Brice

Never mere settings, the spaces in which cinematic stories take place have the capacity to invoke, represent, convey, and reinforce narratives. As spaces and landscapes intertwine with stories and actors, they make the tales of the world we know visible, and those of worlds we can only imagine possible and real.

“Cinema and Architectural Imagination” is a student-led series of conversations about the various ways in which the imagination of the built environment, architecture, landscape, and urban environments is mediated through film. Throughout the semester, it will discuss films from various genres, periods, geographies, and cultures, and explore the power of architectural imagination within the world of moving images. Each film will be presented with a recorded introduction and a public Zoom discussion with the presenters.

Please join the public virtual discussions on the following dates: 

Friday, 09/18, 6 PM
Daughters of the Dust (1991), Dir. Julie Dash. Presented by Jola Idowu
Join the Zoom discussion

Wednesday, 09/30, 6PM 
Brazil (1985), Dir. Terry Gilliam. Presented by Galo Canizares
Join the Zoom discussion

Friday, 10/16, 6 PM 
The Battle of Algiers (1966), Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo. Presented by Arindam Dutta, joined by Iheb Guermazi
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POSTPONED - Friday, 10/30, 6 PM
Babylon (1980), Dir. Franco Rosso. Presented by Rixt Woudstra

Wednesday, 11/18, 6 PM 
Black Panther (2017), Dir. Ryan Coogler. Presented by Mohammed Ismail
Join the Zoom discussion

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For questions and more details please reach out to: 

Eliyahu Keller - ekeller@mit.edu
James Brice - jvbrice@mit.edu
Amanda Moore - amm@mit.edu

Above images:1. Screenshot from Metropolis, directed by Fritz Lang (1927)2. Screenshot from Dr. Strangelove, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1963)3. Sergei Eisenstein - Sequence Diagram for Aleksander Nevsky (1939)