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Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

1987 / 153min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: STEVEN SPIELBERG

CAST: CHRISTIAN BALE, JOHN MALKOVICH, MIRANDA RICHARDSON

The events of World War II, which ended the year before his birth, have exercised an enormous influence on Spielberg throughout his career. He turned to the Pacific theater with this ravishing adaptation of J.G. Ballard's semi-autobiographical account of life among Western expats in a Japanese internment camp in China, starring a preternaturally talented thirteen-year-old Christian Bale.

Molly Haskell, author of the recent Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films, will introduce the film, with a book signing to follow.