Godzilla on My Mind: Godzilla in Japanese History and the Global Imagination

Start Date: October 16, 2019
End Date: October 16, 2019
Time Detail: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. dinner with Dr. William Tsutsui, followed by 6:30 lecture and screening of the original Gojira.
Location: 4130 WW Posvar Hall and Assembly Room in the William Pitt Union
Type of Course: Face-to-Face Seminars and Workshops
Audience: NCTA alumni for the dinner with the speaker; lecture and film open and free to the public
Course Description: Join NCTA and the University of Pittsburgh for an evening lecture with Dr. William Tsutsui, Japanese historian and President of Hendrix College. Since Godzilla's first appearance almost 65 years ago, the King of the Monsters has become a cinematic icon and a globally recognized symbol of Japan. But what can a giant, radioactive movie monster tell us about Japanese culture and Japan's national experience since World War II? What is it about an actor in a rubber lizard suit destroying miniature Japanese cities that has inspired love, loyalty, and laughter over generations of fans around the world? This talk will introduce the 1954 film, survey the history and impact of the 32 Godzilla movies, reflect on Hollywood’s handling of the King of the Monsters, and assess the impact of changes in special effects technology, cinematic fashion, and global politics on the world’s oldest and longest film franchise. The lecture by Dr. Tsutsui will be followed by a screening of the original Gojira film as part of International Week at the University of Pittsburgh.
Registration and Info:

NCTA alums can contact Dr. Patrick Hughes to reserve their space for the dinner at hughespw@pitt.edu

Offered to: Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia