Forbidden Planet

Wednesday April 12 at 7pm

1 hour 38 minutes


Maine Film Center

Maine Film Center, 93 Main Street, Waterville, Maine

Part of Listening to Film: See the full film series.

Screening preceded by a discussion of the film’s sound design by Colby students in MU237A (Film Music and Sound). Free admission, sponsored by Colby’s Music Department, Department of Cinema Studies and The Center for the Arts and Humanities.

This classic sci-fi film features both a young Leslie Nielsen in a dramatic role as well as the first fully electronic Hollywood film score, composed by experimental musicians Bebe and Louis Barron. Credited as “electronic tonalities,” the Barrons’ soundscape creates alien technology, spaces, and creatures and reflects American anxieties about what it meant to be a (white, male) human after the nuclear age. While electronic music was well-established in experimental music and arts spaces, this film marks a major turning point in public exposure to the genre, further evidence of film music as a home for avant-garde and modernist music often cast as inaccessible for mainstream audiences.

Wednesday, April 12

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