Rod Serling: Other Dimensions
July 27, 2012 - September 19, 2012
UCLA Film & Television Archive - Billy Wilder Theater
Submitted for your approval, a journey through time and space for a retrospective exploring the other dimensions of Rod Serling. Forever remembered as the iconic host and creative force responsible for the television classics "The Twilight Zone" and "Night Gallery," Serling also contributed to a remarkably wide array of additional motion picture and TV projects. These celluloid and cathode curios, some famous, others relegated in our collective memory to the outskirts of the Serling canon, further illuminate the hallmarks that define the writer's most beloved works: hard- edged narratives, psychologically-driven characters, and a championing of the "meek" over the "mighty."
Serling's humanist take on controversial issues, from the blacklist to civil rights, placed him in frequent conflict with powerful sponsors and network censors. However, Serling's distinctive ability to transform contemporary morality plays into timeless fables endured, with the prolific dramatist amassing over 200 film and TV credits during his tragically brief career. This retrospective celebrates the full depth of Serling's legacy with treasures both familiar and obscure.
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