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"The Thing From Another World" at BYU film series Oct. 23

Brigham Young University's Special Collections Motion Picture Archives Film Series presents "The Thing from another World" Thursday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium.

The movie is free and children 8 and above are welcome to attend. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and early arrival is recommended for assured seating. No food or drink is permitted in the auditorium.

One of the great science fiction classics of all time, "The Thing" is about a small scientific outpost at the North Pole threatened by a creature from outer space.

"One of the finest science fiction films ever made was also one of the first," said Special Collections film curator James D'Arc. "It mixed sophisticated humor and science fiction in one film as well as establishing the monster-on-the-loose genre that became a staple of so many films during the 1950s."

The legacy of "The Thing" has grown in the face of inferior films in the science fiction genre, said D'Arc. It is now generally understood that these films mirror contemporary Cold War fears of Soviet invasion and anxieties about the atomic bomb. The conflict between the scientist who wants to study--not to kill--the Thing and the military leader whose primary concern is safety and survival is at the core of the script.

The Special Collections Motion Picture Archives Film series, now in its fourth year, is co-sponsored by The Friends of the Harold B. Lee Library and by Dennis and Linda Gibson.

For further information, please contact Special Collections at (801) 422-6371 or for the 2002-2003 schedule.

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