Godzilla’s emergence from the sea to destroy Tokyo was a potent figure of nuclear annihilation in 1956 when the film appeared on American screens. The film was directly linked to the controversial, aboveground hydrogen bomb testing in the Pacific Ocean at the time. How is the threat of nuclear radiation being presented today through films and other media?
This is the focus of “Tracking Godzilla: Images of Nuclear Radiation in Film and Media,” a free conversation with cinema studies scholar Isabelle Freda at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Newport Public Library. This program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities, with additional help from the Sylvia Beach Hotel.For the complete article see the 05-15-2013 issue.
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