Manuscripts and Movies: From the Medieval to the Modern
The Getty Center
Date: Sunday, January 9, 2011
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Kenneth Turan, film critic at the Los Angeles Times, and Elizabeth Morrison, curator of Manuscripts, J. Paul Getty Museum, discuss how manuscripts of the Middle Ages and contemporary movies have been used to shape, and in some cases manipulate, perceptions about the past. The powerful visual images of both films and medieval illuminations were used in their respective eras to recast historical events as epic adventures, satirize political affairs, or blur the line between legend and reality. The speakers pair clips from movies with medieval manuscripts ranging from Crusading chronicles to royal biographies in order to show the links between visual media across the centuries in shaping an understanding of history. Complements the exhibition Imagining the Past in France, 1250–1500.
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