Portals: History of the Future Film Series - H.G. Wells' Things To Come

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

6:00 PM-8:30 PM

Cost: Free and Open to All

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Wed, 2016-05-18 18:00 - 20:30



For five weeks this spring, the Providence Public Library welcomes you to travel through time, visit utopian and dystopian worlds, and experience multiple dimensions as we present Portals: History of the Future Film Series. Spanning 100 years of the moving image, we invite you to take a deep dive into our collective psyches, to discover how through time, cinema has captured our imaginations of our future world(s). From the fantastical to the disastrous, the hilarious to the incredible, each film sheds light on our collective hopes, dreams and fears about what the future holds.

MAY 18 -

H.G. Wells Things to Come -1936 Drama

Directed by William Cameron Menzies

H.G. Wells

Starring Raymond Massey, Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson

United Kingdom

100 minutes

Q&A to follow

with Gloria Jean Masciarotte.

A global war begins in 1940 and lasts for decades, destroying cities, inducing plagues and fascist regimes, leaving the few survivors to live in underground cities. The first space travel is imminent as Wings Over the World, a group of pacifist, scientists and thinkers plan to build a utopian society on the ruins of the old. In order to do this however, they must overthrow the latest ruling despot played by Ralph Richardson.

Discussion Leader Gloria Jean Masciarotte is a Senior Lecturer of Liberal Arts at RISD where she teaches courses on film at the intersection of race, gender and popular political culture.She is also a Special Lecturer in Women’s Studies at Providence College. In addition to her academic work, she is a freelance writer of popular culture analyses and public lecturer having wrote and edited award-winning screenplays for experimental and independent documentaries. She is currently working on a book and research-to-theater project about art collector and RISD patroness, Lucy Truman Aldrich: Imagined Communities: Feminism & Choice in Popular Culture.

PORTALS is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, as independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders. 

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