Lecture and film screening about points in American history where danger and change were interchangeable.
Ang Lee’s – The Ice Storm
BBC Radio 4’s Analysis – Atom Man
Asked by French journalists in a 2001 interview what recent films he most admired, Brian De Palma named Ang Lee’s 1997 The Ice Storm. It was surprising to hear one of the leaders of a film-making revolution that aimed at transforming American cinema in the sixties single out as exemplary a work by a Taiwanese-born director whose last three films were in Mandarin, but De Palma was right.
For thirteen days in October 1962 the world waited—seemingly on the brink of nuclear war—and hoped for a peaceful resolution to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
ST-A26-1-62 29 October 1962
Meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Security Council (EXCOMM) regarding Cuba in the Cabinet Room, White House, Washington, D.C. Clockwise from top right side of table: Under Secretary of State George Ball; Secretary of State Dean Rusk; President John F. Kennedy; Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara; Deputy Secretary of Defense Roswell Gilpatric; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Maxwell Taylor; Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul Nitze; Deputy United States Information Agency (USIA) Director Donald Wilson; Special Counsel to the President Theodore Sorensen; Special Assistant to the President for National Security McGeorge Bundy; Secretary of the Treasury C. Douglas Dillon; Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson (mostly hidden behind Dillon); Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy; former Ambassador to the Soviet Union Llewellyn Thompson; Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Director William C. Foster; Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John McCone (mostly hidden behind Thompson and Foster).
Please credit “Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston”
23 Oct 1962, San Cristobal, Cuba — An aerial intelligence photograph of MRBM Launch Site 1 in San Cristobal, Cuba, showing missile erectors, fuel tank trailers, and oxidizer tank trailers. The photo was taken during the Cuban Missile Crisis, October 23, 1962. — Image by © CORBIS