Raiders of the Lost Ark

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Monday, March 16 at 7:00pm | Regular Admission Prices

Special introduction by archaeologist, film scholar and University of Arizona Regents Professor Dr. David Soren. Dr. Soren will discuss “real archaeology” vs. “movie archaeology” as seen in the blockbuster hit Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Simply put, there is perhaps no greater (or more fun) action/adventure flick than Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first and indisputably best of the initial three Indiana Jones movies cooked up by the dream team of director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas.

“One of the most deliriously funny, ingenious and stylish American adventure movies ever made.” – Vincent Canby, New York Times

This wildly entertaining film has it all: non-stop action, exotic locations, grand spectacle, a wise-cracking hero, nasty villains, a beautiful and feisty love interest, humor, horror (melting Nazis!)… not to mention lots and lots of snakes. And along with all the familiar bits that are now deeply imbedded in pop culture–Harrison Ford running from that giant boulder, using his pistol instead of his trusty whip to take out a sword-wielding bad guy, facing off with a hissing cobra, and on and on – there’s real resonance in a gripping storyline that brings together a profound religious-archaeological icon (the Ark of the Covenant, nothing less than “a radio for speaking to God”) and the 20th century’s most infamous criminals (the Nazis). Now that’s entertainment! (Dir. by Steven Spielberg, 1981, USA, 115 min., Rated PG)

Dr. David Soren is Regents Professor of Classics with the University of Arizona and Director of the Orvieto Institute in Umbria. He holds a B.A. in Greek & Roman Studies from Dartmouth, and an M.A. in Fine Arts and Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Harvard University. His specialties include Roman Archaeology and the making of documentaries. He has done extensive archeological field work in Cyprus, Portugal, Tunisia and Italy, is widely published, and has received numerous honors and awards for his work. Documentaries about his work have been featured on a number of networks, including the BBC (“Malaria and the Fall of Rome”), the Learning Channel (“A Roman Plague”), and National Geographic (“Kourion”). Soren is currently directing and producing three archeological documentaries about ancient Rome, sponsored by the Joseph and Mary Cacioppo Foundation of Tucson. Soren has also written numerous books on film, including a history of the horror film and biographies of director Dorothy Arzner, dancer Vera-Ellen, and Belgian filmmaker Harry Kumel.