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The Fly Rated PG

The Fly

Dir. Kurt Neumann. USA, 1958. 1h 34m. Starring Vincent Price, Al Hedison, Patricia Owens, Herbert Marshall, Kathleen Freeman, Betty Lou Gerson

A scientist invents a teleportation device, but fate has other plans after an accident leads to a gruesome, life-changing injury. This brilliant 1950s sci-fi, famously remade by David Cronenberg in the 80s, treads a fine line between shlocky fun and an unnerving nature parable.

This Science Oxford screening will be preceded by an introductory talk by Dr Roderick Bailey, Medical Historian at the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities. Dr Bailey specialises in the study of modern war and conflict, the history of medicine, and will discuss how secret procedures carried out in wartime London may have shaped the themes behind this disturbing film creation.

'Funny, horrible and inventive -- in its own deranged way this is a classic of 1950s horror.' Film4

'One strong factor of the picture is its unusual believability.' Variety