The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts: Great Texts/ Big Questions

dr. ian rijsdijk, film, free, nighttime, refreshments, terrence malick, the thin red line, UCT
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Hiddingh Hall, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street, Cape Town 17h00 No charge

The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) invites you to a GREAT TEXTS/ BIG QUESTIONS event.

In 1998 Terrence Malick’s ‘The Thin Red Line” was somewhat overshadowed by the bluster and patriotic nostalgia of Steven Speilberg’s ‘Saving Private Ryan.’ Where Captain Miller’s mission to save Private Ryan was narratively clear and ideologically uncomplicated, Malick’s Charlie Company were spiritually dislocated, scared and uncertain amongst the jungles,rivers and steep, musterious hillsides on the islands of Guadalcanal

More than a decade on, Malick’s film has come into it’s own (not without controversy) as a singular cinematic vision of war. This lecture will consider some of the historical and specifically cinematic elements of this extraordinary film.

Dr. Ian Rijsdijk lectures in the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape town, but also has a strong interest in History and Classical Languages. His Phd thesis looked at history in the films of Terrence Malick and his postdoctoral work includes projects on eco-criticism and film , and strange South African historical narratives.

All welcome. Admission free. Refreshments served from17hoo.

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