Cold War Science Fiction Film Series - The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951

Saturday, Jun 5, 2021 at 11:30am

U.S. Navy Museum
736 Sicard Street SouthEast
Washington, DC 20374

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Kick off summer at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy with films celebrating classic science fiction movies produced during the geo-political period known as the "Cold War" (1947-1991). These films played on the tensions and fears of the time by having themes and characters associated with alien invasion and infiltration, monsters created by radioactive fallout, and the near annihilation of the world. They reached their peak in the 1950s to early 1960s with an estimated 500 films having been produced. Many would become cult classics of the genre. Today, science fiction movies continue to enjoy a large and dedicated following. While some of these films have been re-made to varying degrees of box office success, the original versions (many in black and white) remain a lasting testament to the era in which they were made and are important contributions to the fabric of American popular culture.

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Film following by a short tour of the museum's Cold War Gallery. Light refreshments will be available at each screening.

Registration Deadline: May 21

Location: National Museum of the US Navy - Building 76

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