Scarlett Johansson and Thora Birch in Ghost World.
Scarlett Johansson and Thora Birch in Ghost World.

The Emory Cinematheque, a weekly series of free film screenings, explores the century-long relationship between movies and print cartoons, comic books, and graphic novels with “Drawn to Film: From Comics to Cinema.”

“Print cartoons and movies are twin media,” says Eddy Von Mueller, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Film and Media Studies at Emory College of Arts and Sciences and curator of the “Drawn to Film” series.

“They’re both narrative forms driven principally by images. In the United States both emerge from the same crucible of late 19th century, urban mass culture, and both were closely associated with the working classes, immigrants, and kids.” Movies and comic books were both viewed as low-brow, sensational, escapist fare. “That’s why the funny-papers have always made such great movies!” says Mueller.

The Emory Cinematheque will present some highlights from more than a century of cinematic adaptation, including camp classics (Roger Vadim’s “Barbarella”), 80s outrageousness (Mike Hodge’s “Flash Gordon”), auteur homages (Robert Altman’s “Popeye”), modern big budget (Joe Johnston’s “Captain America”) and the kinds of stories that once upon a time comic creators would never have dared to tell (Terry Zwigoff’s “Ghost World”). View the complete schedule at

All screenings take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in White Hall 208 on the Emory campus. Admission is free, no tickets required. Most of the films are in 35mm or DCP. Each film in the series will be introduced by Dr. Mueller.

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