Reel Science: War of the Worlds – Apr. 27

Is an alien invasion imminent? Probably not but its fun to speculate what would happen if it was. Join the Telus World Of Science as they revisit a classic film & talk about that very possibility.

See the event link here.

Thursday, April 27
Special Introduction: 7:00 p.m.
Film: 7:30 p.m.  

Is there any intelligent life beyond the Earth? If there is, what form does that life take? Have intelligent beings from other worlds visited the Earth before, and would we know it? How would extraterrestrials regard human beings?

And perhaps the most crucial question of them all: would extraterrestrials come in peace, or would they be hostile?

War of the Worlds is an epic tale that forces us to ponder the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

Dr. Rober Smith joins us to introduce the cult-favourite 1953 War of the Worlds, where he’ll dicuss these questions and even talk about the waves of UFO — or ‘mystery airship’ sightings — across North America, from as far back in history as 1896, through to 1973. 

War of the Worlds (1953)

Scientist Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry) and Sylvia Van Buren (Ann Robinson) are the first to arrive at the site of a meteorite crash. Soon after, an alien war machine emerges and begins killing at random. The Marines are called in, but they’re no match for the aliens’ force field. Forrester and Van Buren, however, are able to wound one of the creatures and procure a sample of its blood. They take it to Los Angeles where they hope, through testing, to be able to discover the aliens’ weakness. The film will feature a special introduction by Dr. Robert Smith from the University of Alberta’s History and Classics department. There will also be a Q&A after the film.