Scenes through the Cinema Lens event
Moderator Krin Gabbard’s father was eleven years old when he first saw Frankenstein’s monster in James Whale’s 1931 film. He was terrified. It may be safe to assume that today’s eleven-year-olds are pretty blasé about Frankenstein. This does not mean that children – not to mention adults – are not still fascinated by the monstrous. We’ll watch footage of vampires, werewolves, giant apes, and creatures from assorted lagoons, but we’ll also take a few moments to contemplate why we are so fascinated by these beasties.
“Scenes Through the Cinema Lens” is a film retrospective focusing on the performing arts curated by Krin Gabbard, professor of Jazz Studies at Columbia University. He is also the author of Better Git It in Your Soul: An Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus and Hotter than That: The Trumpet, Jazz, and American Culture.