Anthony Mann: THUNDER BAY (1953) on 35mm: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Anthony Mann: THUNDER BAY (1953) on 35mm

Three men with different styles in conversation with a the mast of a fishing boat behind them
Still from THUNDER BAY
1 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Sat October 23, 2021
1 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public



Anthony Mann, 1953, 103 min, 35mm

Anthony Mann’s rarely-screened powderkeg drama stars James Stewart as a down-on-his-luck wildcatter whose offshore oil drilling scheme stirs up conflict with a shrimping village on Louisiana’s gulf coast. As in the westerns that made Mann and Stewart’s collaboration one of Hollywood’s most celebrated, THUNDER BAY casts Stewart as a relentlessly driven man whose single-minded pursuit upsets family, community, and even nature itself. Dressing up an emphatically pro-oil message in dazzling Technicolor, the film offers a fascinating and chilling glimpse into the psychology of extractive capitalism, and into a moment when new technology promised limitless domination of the environment–at any cost.

35mm print courtesy of Universal Pictures. Presented with support from Northwestern’s Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.


Health and Safety Guidelines

Northwestern is closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus pandemic and will follow local, state, and University guidelines for in-person events and museum visitation. All visitors must follow the Northwestern University COVID-19 Guidelines, which are in place at the time of visitation, including masking within the galleries and auditorium.

We plan for this program to be offered in person. Should public health or Northwestern campus guidelines evolve, we will contact guests about online presentation or cancelation.

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