Designing the Movies: Forbidden Planet (1956) @ Revue Cinema, Toronto [22 April]

Designing the Movies: Forbidden Planet (1956)

15:00 - 18:00

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Revue Cinema
400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M6R 2M9
A rescue mission set in the 23rd century, loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s Tempest and filmed in Cinemascope colour. MGM’s brash and brassy first attempt at science fiction was nominated for several Academy Awards, including Best Effects.

At the screening, join host Nathalie Atkinson for an on-stage conversation with special guest Seth, the award-winning Canadian cartoonist, designer and artist. With a visual essay slide show, they will explore elements of the film’s art direction and inspirations—from Bauhaus, Russian Constructivism and 1940s industrial design to the genre design of spaceships, buried cities, interstellar costumes and, of course, Robby the Robot.

Door prizes courtesy The Beguiling

Directed by Fred McLeod Wilcox
Cast: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Leslie Nielsen
Production Design: Cedric Gibbons, Arthur Lonergan
Costume Design: Walter Plunkett and Helen Rose
Score: Bebe and Louis Baron
USA, Rated PG, 98 minutes

Seth is the acclaimed Canadian cartoonist behind the comic book series PALOOKAVILLE. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeneys Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the The New Yorker, the Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries. He is also Lemony Snicket's partner for the Young Readers series, All the Wrong Questions, and has illustrated and designed a new, deluxe edition of Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a little Town. He is the designer for several classic comics reprint series, notably collections of work by Charles Schulz, John Stanley, and Doug Wright.

The cartoonist has exhibited throughout the world in a variety of group and solo shows. He was the subject of a solo exhibition at the AGO — Art Gallery of Ontario, which showcased the first public display of his model city Dominion, and his work is now a part of the Gallery's permanent collection. Dominion City subsequently toured Galleries in Eastern and Central Canada. He is also the subject of Luc Chamberland's NFB documentary Seth's Dominion.

Seth lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife Tania and their two cats in an old house called «Inkwell's End.”
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