Apocalypse Then: The Vietnam War On Film

January 27 - May 8

Lecturer: Nora Annesley Taylor

Nora Annesley Taylor is the Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and author of "Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art."


The war in Vietnam was often called the first television war. Between 1968 and 1975, most Americans watched the unfolding of events in Indochina from the comfort of their living room. After the war ended, Hollywood began to explore the trauma and legacy of the war on the American psyche. With the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive taking place in January 2018, and the recent broadcast of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's PBS documentary on the Vietnam War, these films, along with those made by Vietnamese and Cambodian filmmakers, deserve to be revisited. The series will take a close look at how the war and its legacy was imagined and represented in film, from the perspective of both Southeast Asian and international film makers.

— Nora Annesley Taylor

For nearly forty years, the Gene Siskel Film Center has collaborated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism to provide a unique experience for Chicago filmgoers. Each fall and spring, we present a themed Screening/Lecture series that is both a course taken for credit by enrolled SAIC students, and a weekly series of public screenings open to all ticket-buyers without need of enrollment or registration. A lecturer is chosen for each series from among the leading film scholars and critics in our region.

On each Tuesday during the series, that week's film is briefly introduced by the lecturer and then screened in its entirety. Following the screening, members of the public are welcome to stay for the lecture and participate in the discussion. The films usually have an additional screening, without the lecture and discussion, on Friday or Saturday. Click here to learn more about this program.


Admission to all Lecture/Screening programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members.