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The Cabinet of Dr Adam

Friday 24 February 2017, 18:00 to 21:15

Christopher Frayling will discuss the work of the celebrated production designer Ken Adam. His talk will be followed by a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove (1964).

Ken Adam was respected in the film business as one of the greatest production designers. His War Room set for Dr. Strangelove was called by Steven Spielberg “the finest set in the history of film”. This lecture traces the development of Ken Adam’s style and approach - from his early life in Berlin, to his apprenticeship in London studios, to his work in Hollywood. It will include his designs for the classic James Bond films, and will concentrate on Dr. Strangelove and his creative relationship with Stanley Kubrick.

Sir Christopher Frayling has had a distinguished career as an academic and in the Arts. Having taught History at the University of Bath, he became Professor of Cultural History at the Royal College of Arts in 1979 and was its Rector from 1996-2009. He was Chair of the Arts Council from 2005-2009 and Chair of the Design Council. In 2014 he was appointed Chancellor of the Arts University Bournemouth. He has written several books and made numerous broadcasts on a wide range of cultural practices including Spaghetti Westerns and the director Sergio Leone and the birth of the Gothic and the rise of Horror Fiction. Christopher was a close friend of Ken Adam – who died in March 2016 – wrote three books with him, and has access to his extensive archive of drawings and photographs.

Free for UWE staff and students with ID, subject to availability. Tickets can be collected in person from Arnolfini Welcome Desk.

Organised by Arnolfini and the University of the West of England.

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