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York College of PA to screen ‘On the Beach,’ with cinematography discussion by Temple prof, on Feb. 16

January 31, 2023
Headshot of Chris Cagle

York College of Pennsylvania will screen “On the Beach,” a 1959 drama about nuclear war that marks a major shift in the style of Hollywood cinematography, at 7 p.m., Feb. 16, in the Humanities Center Room 218. The event, part of the Humanities Film Series, is open to the public free of charge.

The film will be presented by Temple University film professor Chris Cagle, who will highlight the contributions of its Italian cinematographer, Guiseppe Rotunno.

Cagle is an associate professor of film history and theory in the Film and Media Arts Department at Temple. His research interests include classical Hollywood, cinematography, documentary, and social theory. His book, “Sociology on Film: Postwar Hollywood's Prestige Commodity,” examines the 1940s social problem film as both a form of popular sociology and a strain of middlebrow "prestige" cinema. Additionally, he has published essays in Cinema JournalScreen, and Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and in a number of edited volumes, including most recently Cinematography and Middlebrow Cinema. His newest book project is an examination of an international "festival film" style in contemporary documentary. His blog, Category D, showcases research in progress and discusses disciplinary issues in film and media studies.