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Hollywood sci-fi talk: flying saucers and Soviet scares in the 1950s

Explore the amazing world of 1950s sci-fi with acclaimed documentary film-maker, Steven C Smith.

Hollywood sci-fi talk: flying saucers and Soviet scares in the 1950s

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Join us online to explore the amazing world of 1950s sci-fi with acclaimed documentary film-maker, Steven C Smith.

Until the early 1950s, Hollywood considered science fiction stories to be kids’ stuff. No studio would be release an A-picture based on sci-fi material. But after World War Two, that changed dramatically and we’ll find out why.

Using movie classics like The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Thing from Another World and others, Steven will show how and why top filmmakers crafted sophisticated sci-fi thrillers that also served as allegories for American’s fears about the Soviet Union. 

Steven will also explore real-life espionage inside the Manhattan Project, the building of the first atomic bomb, and hear the true story behind Nevada’s mysterious Area 51, site of a supposed alien crash in 1947.

Steven is an award-winning biographer and Emmy-nominated documentary producer who specializes in Hollywood history.