CSJ is offering a free movie series leading up to CSJ’s annual Popular Culture Conference, highlighting three fantastical/horrific luminaries who died in 2013: Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, and Richard Matheson.
Up next is “Fahrenheit 451,” based on the 1951 Ray Bradbury novel of the same name at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in Tuttle Hall Theater on the CSJ campus.
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (1966) is directed by François Truffaut. Book burning has replaced book learning in the future, and only a group of rebels keep the printed word alive. Part historical document against 1950s repression and part allegory for human ignorance in general, Bradbury’s novel and the movie are progenitors of “The Hunger Games” and “Rollerball.”
March is Matheson’s month, and the series continues with a double feature. His short story “Prey”(1969) is the basis for the third segment in Trilogy of Terror (1975) titled “Amelia,” where horror icon Karen Black plays a woman stalked by a Zuni fetish doll. We are following that up with Duel (1971), with a Matheson screenplay and direction by Stephen Spielberg. Duel pits a man in a car (Dennis Weaver) against an unknown truck driver intent on running Weaver off the road.
All screenings are free and open to the public. In January, the series featured Ray Harryhausen.
CSJ’s third annual Popular Culture Conference: American Horror from the Great Depression to the Great Recession is set for April 11 and 12, 2014.