Glen Canyon Lecture Series presents
“The Fascination of The Familiar: Local Landscapes in the Movies”
by James D’Arc
Wednesday March 13, 2015
7:00 p.m. (MST)
Carl Hayden Visitor Center, Glen Canyon Dam Hwy 89 Page, Arizona
Since the era of silent films, southern Utah and northern Arizona have been tapped for filming popular movies ranging from “Ramona” (1927) and “Planet of the Apes” (1968) to “John Carter” (2012). Aside from the commercial benefits arising from Hollywood movie production in our sparsely populated region, of what value are these films to those of us who live and recreate in these wide open spaces? Using clips from a number of movies filmed in this colorful region, Dr. James D’Arc will unfold a tour through time, landscape and the movies, that will also include behind-the-scenes stories of filming such epics as “Western Union” (1941), “The Greatest Story Ever Told” (1965), and “MacKenna’s Gold” (1969).
Dr. James D’Arc is Curator of the BYU Motion Picture Archive at Brigham Young University, where he has also taught courses of film history for 30 years. He is also the author of “When Hollywood Came to Town: A History of Moviemaking in Utah” (Gibbs Smith, 2010), the first book to trace the phenomenal history of Hollywood moviemaking in this region, beginning in 1913. Professor D’Arc has lecture on film worldwide and curates the BYU Motion Picture Archive Film Series, now in its 16th season.