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Science Flicks Series resumes with
'This Island Earth' Tuesday, Jan. 20
Jan. 8, 2009 --
“This Island Earth,” a
1955 movie known for its groundbreaking special effects, kicks off the
2009 “Science Flicks” film series presented by the Departments of
Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Physics at Arkansas State
The film will be shown Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 5:30 p.m. in Room 219 of the
Laboratory Sciences Center, East Wing. Admission is open to ASU students
and the general public and is free of charge.
The movie, directed by Joseph M. Newman, is still hailed by critics for
its special effects which were innovative for the time. The plot follows
a pair of scientists played by Rex Reason and Faith Domergue and their
relationship with an alien named Exeter, portrayed by Jeff Morrow.
Exeter and his fellow aliens have journeyed to Earth in search of
scientists to aid in the defense of their planet against another planet
of evil inhabitants.
The film series, launched in 2007, presents a different film each month
that portrays scientists and their work. The series is part of a new
undergraduate/graduate course, “Science in the Cinema,” which is being
offered this fall and also has an Honors option. A full schedule of
movies can be viewed at
Following the film’s showing, Dr. Aldemaro Romero, chair of the biology
department, and Dr. John M. Pratte, chair of the chemistry and physics
department, will serve as panelists to discuss the validity of the movie
and the role that science plays within the movie.