Out of this World! The Day the Earth Stood Still

Mon, 8/12

This ticket purchase includes admission to the 6:30 seminar and the following film screening of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, starting at approximately 8:00pm.

Tickets are $13.50 for Amherst Cinema Members, $16.75 for students and seniors, and $18.50 for general admission.

In this seminar, Nina Kleinberg explores the stories behind THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (screening after the seminar), FORBIDDEN PLANET, and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS. Learn about the history and legacy of 1950s sci-fi, the culture and politics of Cold War America that influenced these films, the groundbreaking special effects of the era, and more.

Who were the filmmakers who brought these thrilling stories to life? What role did studios and censors have in shaping the final products? How do these films continue to impact the science fiction of today?

Whether you were first thrilled by these movies sixty years ago or haven't seen anything older than Star Wars, you'll have a blast in this seminar, a great way to connect and converse with our wonderful film community.

Many of you know Nina from her appearances at Amherst Cinema, including her 2015 series Film School in 90 Minutes, her 2016 series Out of this World on 1950s science fiction (from which this seminar is adapted), her 2019 series Print the Legend on classic Westerns, or her Science on Screen presentation on SINGIN' IN THE RAIN.


When a UFO lands on a baseball diamond in Washington, D.C., bearing a message for Earth's leaders, all of humanity stands still. Klaatu (Michael Rennie) has come on behalf of alien life who have been watching Cold War-era nuclear proliferation on Earth. But it is the massive robot Gort who presents a more immediate threat to onlookers.

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL was a groundbreaking film and a headfirst plunge into Hollywood's science fiction worlds of the 1950s (and beyond).