You don't get a more all-star cast than Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, and Anthony Perkins. Stanley Kramer put all these stars together for a post-apocalyptic view of the world in 'On The Beach'. The year the film was made, 1959, the Cold War was in full swing, and people were really frightened that the world would come to a nuclear end. The premise of this movie is World War III has happened, the nukes were dropped, and life as we know it was going to end.

The movie finds a disparate group of people waiting for the end in Australia, one of the last places that will be affected by the nuclear fallout. They try to go on as normally as possible, but things inevitably break down. It is a time capsule of all the terrors of the Cold War, but it still resonates today because of the possibility that this kind of thing could still happen.

The International Museum of Art should be commended for showcasing these amazing classic films in their wonderful venue. I hope they will continue to bring more classic films to El Paso viewers.

WHAT: 'On The Beach', a Stanley Kramer film
WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana
INFO: (915) 543-6747

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