It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Monday Oct. 29

 You have an off-night between Halloween celebrations, but still want to stay in the, uh, mood? Check out the Coolidge Corner Theatre’s "Science on Screen" entry Monday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. It’s Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s "Pulse (Kairo)," which was made in 2001 tells this tale: A group of young friends is shaken by the sudden suicide of one of their own. Bad enough, but then and his ghostly, grainy visage floats in on computer and video images. The mysterious floppy disk – floppy disk? in this day and age? – they find in the dead man’s apartment may provide a clue, but instead launches a program that seems to present ethereal transmissions of people engaged in solitary activities in their apartments. (This is enough horror, is it not, folks?) Soon, there are more strange deaths and disappearances within the groupand the appearance of more ghosts as the city of Tokyo — and the world — is slowly drained of life. So Kurosawa, so Japanese. My lord, those Japanese film-makers know horror. Now, what’s this to do with science? Well, we’d have to say the movie is science-fiction. To discuss this Monday with you is MIT teacher Alan Lightman – a physicist, novelist, and essayist. He wrote the international bestseller "Einstein’s Dreams." His latest novel, "Ghost" (released Oct. 23) was being read by none other than Stephen King at a Red Sox game. And he told Fox and the world that! "Ghost" tells the story of David, an ordinary man who experiences an extraordinary vision that no science can explain. So, for a scary cinematic-literary experience, check out this presentation. Starts at 7 p.m. Tickets: $9.75.

290 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-734-2500 www.coolidge.org

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