About the event

2:00pm - 6:00pm: Symposium
6:30pm: Performance by Ian Saville

What are the unexpected affinities between avant-garde European theater, Russian cinema, and Hollywood films of the 1930s and 1940s? How did the friendships (despite their differences) of Walt Disney, Sergei Eisenstein, Charlie Chaplin, and Bertolt Brecht open a new language for cinema beyond the big-budget Hollywood pictures that eluded Eisenstein? Join scholars of Brecht and Russian avant-garde cinema and Hollywood animation in a dynamic conversation punctuated by a live ventriloquism performance by Ian Saville of “Magic for Brecht.”


2:15 pm: Introduction by Katherine Carl

2:15-3:00 pm: Zoe Beloff presents her research and comments on the exhibition in the James Gallery

3:00-3:30 pm: Amy Herzog screens Beloff’s film A Model Family in a Model Home

3:30-4:00 pm: Jonathan Kalb on Brecht’s time in America and method

4:00-4:15 pm: short break

4:15-4:45 pm: Hannah Frank on animation, Eisenstein and Russian avant-garde cinema

4:45-5:30 pm: Roundtable discussion with all participants

6:30 pm: Performance by Ian Saville

This event is presented as part of Mediating the Archive, an interdisciplinary research group that employs public humanities practices and explores narration as a guide for social change. The group is supported by the Mellon Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research. For more information, email [email protected].

Co-sponsored by the Mediating the Archive Mellon Seminar in Public Engagement and Collaborative Research in the Humanities, and the Ph.D. Program in Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY.