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The Thing from Another World

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Saturday, July 13, 2019, 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, 24 Quincy St. , Cambridge



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Gazette Classification: Film Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Film
Archive Cost: $9 - Regular Admission $7 - Non-Harvard Students,
Harvard Faculty and Staff, and Senior Citizens. Free for Harvard
students Contact Info: bgravely@fas.harvard.edu Link:
https://library.harvard.edu/film/films/2019junaug/hawks.html#thing A
nondescript set masquerading as an Alaskan research outpost, about a
dozen spirited B-list actors, and a few rudimentary special effects
are all that's needed to mount nail-biting suspense in "The Thing from
Another World," a thrifty sci-fi classic that is as much about the
moment-to-moment logistics of grappling with the unknown as it is
about the eponymous alien entity itself. When a mysterious saucer from
the sky crash-lands near a secluded Air Force compound, Captain
Patrick Hendry and a ragtag bunch of servicemen are forced to make
imaginative use of their limited resources to conquer their
increasingly predatory visitor, all while butting heads with a
cerebral scientist who insists the extraterrestrial beast is mere
"phenomena to be studied." In ceding the director's chair to
then-debuting filmmaker Christian Nyby, Hawks claimed only a producer
role for the film, though his stylistic influence is so strongly felt
in the brisk banter and calculated blocking that there has long been
speculation as to the degree of his artistic intervention. Whatever
the case, "The Thing from Another World" stands as both a consummate
expression of Hawksian ensemble acting and a master class in the power
of suggestion.



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Saturday, July 13, 2019 - 19:00 to 20:30



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