Post-screening conversation with Anna Cummins, Co-Founder and Executive Director, 5 Gyres Institute and Marcus Eriksen, Co-Founder and Senior Scientist, 5 Gyres Institute. Moderated by Rosanna Xia, Environment Reporter, Los Angeles Times.

An extraordinary precursor to the disaster films of the 1970s that predates the trend by nearly forty years, Deluge is the visually arresting adventure of a man tasked with repairing civilization after a barrage of West Coast quakes decimates humanity. Making meticulous use of miniatures and cutting-edge special effects to convey collapsing high-rises and colossal tidal waves, the film’s spectacular sequences of destruction are truly worth the price of admission. Now over ninety years old, this once-lost gem proves the fascination with natural disasters and their impact on humanity have been a focal point of cinema since its early decades.  

DIRECTED BY: Felix E. Feist. WRITTEN BY: John Goodrich, Warren B. Duff. WITH: Peggy Shannon, Lois Wilson, Sidney Blackmer, Matt Moore. 1933. 70 min. USA. B&W. English. Not rated. DCP. 

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