High Museum of Art: Films

Apocalypse Now: Film Mavens’ Picks by Linda Dubler

Continuing with the theme pulled from Misrach’s On The Beach exhibition, my film world colleagues contributed these suggestions for outstanding apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic movies.
Linda Dubler

From Bruce Fletcher, Idaho International Film Festival

Things To Come
Panic in Year Zero

La Jetee
No Blade of Grass

No Blade of Grass:  “And then one day the polluted Earth could take no more.” So begins No Blade of Grass, director, co-writer and producer Cornel Wilde’s adaptation of The Death of Grass by John Christopher. Wilde’s too little-seen (yet very influential) dystopian nightmare gets bleaker (and more brutal) soon thereafter.  A global viral pandemic has killed all the cereal grasses causing global starvation and the total collapse of civilization. Nigel Hawthorne leads a ragtag band of survivors across Northern England as they scavenge for food, kill to live, and fend off marauding biker gangs. “Yesterday, they were decent people letting their environment die. Now they are savages, killing to keep themselves alive.”

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Welcome by Linda Dubler
June 11, 2009, 2:24 pm
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Welcome to the Films at the High blog. Regulars to the High’s film program have probably seen me hovering in the lobby before a show, or standing at the podium to introduce screenings.

But if you’re new to the High, I’m the Curator of Media Arts at the Museum, and my job is to run the screening series which takes place in the Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Theatre.  I came to the High in 1985 from IMAGE Film and Video Center (now Atlanta Film Festival 365) back in the days when there were still a few revival houses in Atlanta and VHS was the new thing. Since then, movies that never would have gotten theatrical release in Atlanta are available on cable TV and DVD, and anyone, city dweller not, can still see esoteric foreign films any night of the week.

The impact of these changes is that more people are watching great films but less often in communal settings. Sadly,  we’ve also joined the ranks of cities that are losing vital film critics in the local press.  For me, something is lost when films are seen in a vacuum —  when we experience cinema apart from fellow film lovers and cut off from critical dialogue. I know that I laugh harder at a comedy when I’m in a crowd, and find that anticipating the conversation I’ll have with friends about a movie is a big part of the pleasure of watching the movie itself. I hope that people coming to see films at the High find these kinds of connections here, and that this blog will be another way that we can share our passions, discoveries and responses to today’s film culture.

I’ll be posting about what I’m watching, about movies that relate to exhibitions on view at the High Museum of Art and commercial releases and what’s new on DVD.  I’ll share YouTube gems and recommendations from fellow staff members at the High and guest bloggers. Your input, suggestions and feedback will be key to making this a lively, relevant resource for movie lovers in Atlanta and beyond.

-Linda Dubler

Coming Soon by hmablogmaster

Films at the High wants to solidify our “cool-kid” status, so we’re trying something new this summer. Using this WordPress space, we’ll treat your eyes to top ten lists, Curator’s film picks and even some YouTube Film Festivals.

Something you’d like to see on the blog or a question for our Curator of Media Arts? Comment away!