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Monday, 24 September 2018, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Museum of London

Gothic London: Recreating the Ancient City on Screen

Professor Ian Christie FBA

The earliest London-made films showed the Victorian city doing everyday business, before its fictional screen image became increasingly shadowy and sinister. Gothic or 'gaslight' visions of London have remained popular with cinema audiences, providing a fictional and often eerie counterpoint to the growth of the modern city.

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Professor Christie is Visiting Professor in the History of Film and Media at Gresham College. He is a renowned British film scholar and currently Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck, University of London and a Fellow of the British Academy. 

He has researched and published on many aspects of film history, including Eisenstein and Russian cinema, Powell and Pressburger, Gilliam and Scorsese, and is a regular broadcaster on cinema. 

He has also worked on many exhibitions, including Spellbound (Hayward, 1996), Modernism (V&A, 2006) and Revolution: Russian Art 1917-32 (Royal Academy, 2017). 

His exhibition, Animatograph!, will be at London Metropolitan Archives during September-October 2019, and his monograph Robert Paul and the Origins of British Cinema (Chicago University Press) will appear later this year. 

Professor Christie's lecture series are as follows:

2020/21 Exploding the Film Canon

2019/20 The Worlds of Powell and Pressburger

2018/19 Screening London

2017/18 Living Through a Media Revolution

All lectures by the Visiting Professor in the History of Film and Media can be accessed here.

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