Deep Impact in 35mm

Deep Impact in 35mm

Post-screening conversation with Stephanie Pincetl, Professor, Director, California Center for Sustainable Communities Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA. Moderated by Sammy Roth, Climate Columnist, Los Angeles Times.

One night, an amateur stargazer notices a mysterious object in the sky. A year later, the public learns a seven-mile-wide comet is hurtling toward Earth, on course to cause an “extinction level event.” To this day, astronomers assert the creative interventions chosen by the film’s characters, coupled with depictions of realistic megatsunamis, result in Deep Impact passing impressive scientific muster. Fondly remembered for Morgan Freeman’s turn as President Beck, this cosmic summer blockbuster’s commentary on humanity’s struggles to maintain in the face of unexpected upheaval still rings true over twenty-five years later.  

DIRECTED BY: Mimi Leder. WRITTEN BY: Bruce Joel Rubin, Michael Tolkin. WITH: Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave. 1998. 120 min. USA. Color. Scope. English, Russian. Rated PG-13. 35mm. Print courtesy of the Jeff Joseph Collection at the Academy Film Archive.

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