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When Worlds Collide (1951)

When scientists discover Earth is on a collision course with a wandering star, it falls to a group of humanitarians and one evil tycoon (John Hoyt) to finance a space ark to save at least a small portion of the human race. Along with romance between pilot Richard Derr and scientist daughter Barbara Rush, the film features Oscar-winning special effects, as the approaching star triggers earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and a tidal wave that floods New York City. This special Academy Conversations screening includes a presentation by Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt and Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron.