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Our 2023 Science on Screen® series concludes with Jim Henson’s 1986 musical fantasy classic, Labyrinth, alongside post-screening presentation “How to Escape a Maze — According to Architecture and Maths” with Dr. Ruth Dalton, Professor of Architecture and Built Environment at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK.
When teenaged Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is forced to babysit her baby step-brother Toby, she quickly becomes fed up with his incessant whining. Rashly summoning Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie) to take him away, Sarah is shocked to discover that Toby is actually taken away. Given just thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue him, Sarah, with the aid of a dwarf named Hoggle, must cross into another world and past the other side before Toby is turned into a goblin forever.
Having acquired a gargantuan cult following since its release, Labyrinth fuses passionate world-building and infectious musical numbers into a singularly fantastical vision. Following our screening, we are excited to welcome Professor Ruth Dalton, PhD, via Zoom for a presentation and Q&A. Dr. Dalton is a British architect, author, and Professor of Architecture at Northumbria University. She has authored or contributed to more than 200 publications, and is an expert in space syntax analysis, pedestrian movement and wayfinding, and a world-leading authority on the overlap between architecture and spatial cognition and architectural cognition.
ABOUT SCIENCE ON SCREEN The Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Science on Screen series has enhanced film and scientific literacy with this popular program, which launched at the Coolidge in 2005. In partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and its pioneering nationwide film program, the Coolidge has expanded Science on Screen to 96 cinemas nationwide. Throughout the academic year, SoS creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a manner that engages popular culture audiences.
Labyrinth screens Sunday, June 18th.