Medicine + Media Arts Film Series: The Seventh Seal

Medicine + Media Arts Film Series: The Seventh Seal

Christine Johnson, Jen Arch, Christina Ramos

Film Discussion Series
11 Mar 2021 - 4:00pm

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Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal (1957)
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Screening Contagion invites you to view four pandemic films, then attend a series of panel discussions with faculty drawn from a variety of disciplines. The four films include a Hollywood blockbuster (Steven Soderbergh, Contagion), a classic of world cinema (Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal), a horror comedy (Edgar Wright, Shaun of the Dead) and a contemporary documentary about the Wuhan lockdown (Ai Weiwei, Coronation). How might these films help us understand pandemics in the past, present and future? How does our own pandemic moment inform how we view these films? Please join us for a wide-ranging conversation with faculty in the humanities, arts and medicine as they help us make sense of our own experiences with COVID-19.

Christine Johnson, Associate Professor of History, Washington University
Jen Arch, Senior Lecturer in English, Washington University
Christina Ramos, Assistant Professor of History, Washington University