Invaders from Mars: Dispatches from the Red Planet

The planet Mars, and in particular its habitability and its potential for hosting intelligent life, has been a particular source of popular fascination since the late 19th Century. With the Mars Rover currently roaming the ruddy terrain, Cornell Cinema felt it was time to take a look at cinema’s Martian obsession, starting with Ridley Scott’s most recent voyage, The Martian, without a doubt, one of the best films of 2015. Also screening: the cult anime favorite, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie; the classic 1950s Cold War film, Invaders from Mars; and the Ithaca premiere of A Space Program, an entertaining film about artist Tom Sachs’ intricately handmade installation/performance piece, Space Program 2.0: MARS, about a low-budget journey to the red planet that opened at New York's Park Avenue Armory in 2012. The highlight of the series will be a screening of the silent Soviet sci-fi classic Aelita: Queen of Mars, featuring an original score performed live by local musicians Anna Coogan and Tzar. Cosponsored with the Cornell Mars Rover Project Team.

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