Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
ON SITE: $25 for members, $35 for non-members
REMOTE CLASSROOM: $15 for members, $20 for non-members
Instructor: Andrew Owen, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, Lebanon Valley College
Monsters are real. As malevolent, fantastical creatures born of the imagination, they are the tortured manifestations of humanity’s fears. A Grendel that invades the sacred halls of Heorot, destroying all that was built; a reminder that all we love, hold sacred, or depend upon can be rended apart by forces devoid of morality or conscience.
In Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), they are the victorious army of Spanish fascism systematically strangling the promise of freedom and equality symbolized by the ragged remaining forces of the Republic; the vain, arrogant, and cruel stepfather that has seized upon desperation to successfully invade, control, and destroy a family. But this is not the monster’s only guise; perhaps it can manifest as a benevolent entity, a creature that stands at the gateway to a labyrinth of dream and fantasy, beckoning us with the promise of escape from the festering cruelty that dominates humanity’s soul—providing us with a glimpse of existence devoid of earthly terror, where one can live in peace with all creatures.
Join us to discuss the portrayal of monsters and the monstrous in cinema, focusing on del Toro’s interweaving of all facets of the genre to present a dark fantasy that simultaneously comments on the violence of human nature, while offering a door through which to escape it.
Are you interested in “just” seeing this movie? That’s easy! See additional screening dates and showtimes here.
Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. All students receive an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. In addition, those who attend the seminar on site at BMFI receive a ticket to see it on the big screen, as well as popcorn and a drink.
Please note: There are two ways to attend in this seminar:
Please email BMFI education coordinator Jill Malcolm with any questions.