UNION — The Union Public library will present a film series depicting the “steampunk” genre with five selections beginning Tuesday, April 24, and continuing through May 22. The films will be screened on Tuesdays. Admission to the programs is free.
Steampunk s a genre which came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, and speculative fiction. It involves a setting where steam power is widely used—whether in an alternate history such as Victorian era England or “Wild West”-era United States, or in a post-apocalyptic time–that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. This technology includes such fictional machines as those found in the works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne.
The following titles comprise the series:
- Hugo starring Ben Kingsley – April 24, 2012 @ 2 PM
- The Time Machine (2002 release)– April 24, 2012 @7 PM
- Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey, Jr. – May 1, 2012 @ 2 PM
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea starring Kirk Douglas – May 8, 2012
- The Wild Wild West (1960s TV Series) – May 22, 2012 @ 6:30 PM
The Union Public Library is located at 1980 Morris Avenue. For further information, contact the reference department at 1-908-851-5450, extension. 5452.