The 6th annual Science on the Screen series at the Coolidge Corner theater in Brookline, Ma., will begin with The Man in the White Suit. Science on the Screen has been one of the theater’s most popular series and begins September6th at 7 p.m. Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research and Harvard chemist Daniel Rosenberg will also present.
The 1951 film chronicles the career of brilliant but under-appreciated chemist Sidney Stratton (Alec Guinness), who invents an everlasting fiber. When they realize Stratton’s invention will be devastating to their industry, textile manufacturers and labor unions do everything in their power to make sure his product stays off the market and unheard of.
The speakers attending the opening will address questions raised by the film, most prominently, if it is scientifically possible to create a fabric that never gets soiled or worn out.
Science on Screen began in 2005 and features movies and documentaries about science, medicine or technology. Co-produced with Boston’s Museum of Science and New Scientist Magazine, the series brings in experts in the fields related to the films.
Previous films shown in the series include Fight Club, Donnie Darko, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and American Beauty. Order tickets online at www.coolidge.org/science.
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