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Forbidden Planet

April 12, 2023, 7:00 PM


This classic sci-fi film features both a young Leslie Nielsen in a dramatic role as well as the first fully electronic Hollywood film score, composed by experimental musicians Bebe and Louis Barron. Credited as “electronic tonalities,” the Barrons’ soundscape creates alien technology, spaces, and creatures and reflects American anxieties about what it meant to be a (white, male) human after the nuclear age. While electronic music was well-established in experimental music and arts spaces, this film marks a major turning point in public exposure to the genre, further evidence of film music as a home for avant-garde and modernist music often cast as inaccessible for mainstream audiences.

(G, 98 min., 1956)

Part of the Listening to Film series. Screening preceded by a discussion of the film’s sound design by Colby students in MU237A (Film Music and Sound). Free admission, thanks to sponsorship from Colby’s Music Department, Department of Cinema Studies, and The Center for the Arts and Humanities.

Reserve free tickets in advance. Without an advance ticket, seating is not guaranteed. Any remaining tickets will be issued at the Box Office before the event.



April 12, 2023
7:00 PM


Schupf Art Center
93 Main Street
Waterville, ME United States
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