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Center for the Humanities: “Getting Drunk with the Movies: Exhibition and Prohibition”
February 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
What were the effects of the Eighteenth Amendment on America’s second-favorite pastime after drinking: moviegoing? This talk looks at theatrical exhibition just before, during, and after prohibition and discusses the ways in which federal and state governance affected how theater owners integrated, resisted, or sought out the demon booze as a spectatorial companion.
This Friday Lunch talk takes place on Zoom. Please register in advance to receive a link to the conversation.
Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece is an Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a cultural historian of American film, exhibition, and spectatorship. She is the author of The Optical Vacuum: Spectatorship and Modernized American Theater Architecture (Oxford University Press, 2018) and the co-editor of Ends of Cinema (University of Minnesota Press, 2020).