The Camera of the Heat Ray: Prophetic Vision in The War Of The Worlds

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  • Talk by Dr. Keith Williams – University of Dundee Senior Lecturer in English

    The camera of the heat ray: prophetic vision in The War of the Worlds. Followed by a screening of The War of the Worlds (1953 version)

    Rated: PG

    A discussion on how Wells’ vision of alien invasion is narrated through a prophetically ‘camera-eyed’ style. Not only is the Martian heat ray continuously compared to a camera or projector (which ‘spectacularises’ everything in range), but the story itself is visualised through a method anticipating the dynamic mobility and dramatic changes of perspective, which would characterise cinema epics. The talk will show how The War of the Worlds came to inspire film-makers, not just for its theme, but its innovative form.

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