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Through The Lens: 'Ghost In The Shell'

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In 1995, Japanese director Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell changed the way audiences — and other filmmakers — thought about animated films.

Starring a fully conscious cyborg protagonist, Ghost in the Shell tackles questions of identity, technology and what it means to be human. While those are now-familiar topics for filmmakers, influential films like The Matrix and Avatar owe much of their DNA to Ghost in the Shell. A 2017 live-action remake featuring Scarlett Johansson sparked controversy about white-washing, and about what’s lost in the transition from animation to live-action. In advance of our in-person screening of the original, we’ll talk with film professor Lien Fan Shen about the impact and legacy of Ghost in the Shell.

Please join us on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center for our free screening of Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell. You’ll find screening details here.

Air date: Friday, April 8, 11 a.m.

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