Edward Scissorhands: With Jeremy DeSilva



  • February 25, 2013
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  • Coolidge Corner Theatre
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    With Jeremy DeSilva


Director Tim Burton’s bittersweet fantasy stars Johnny Depp as Edward, a youth lovingly assembled by an eccentric inventor (Vincent Price) who dies before he can finish his creation, leaving him with scissors in place of hands. When Edward finds himself living in suburbia, he is accepted by the neighbors despite his appearance. But the mood turns against him when he falls for a teenage girl (Winona Ryder) who is dating the neighborhood bully (Anthony Michael Hall).

Edward Scissorhands raises the question of what it means to be human. Unlike Edward, we weren’t built out of component parts, but how did we come by the physical features that define our species? Boston University biological anthropologist Jeremy DeSilva is working on reconstructing the life of two amazingly complete skeletons of a new species of early ancestor (or hominin) previously unknown to science. Join us as he talks about the strange conglomeration of parts found in these mosaic creatures and describes the ways in which they were and were not human. These new fossils are revealing that human evolution is much more complex — and interesting — than we could have imagined.

With Science on Screen, the Coolidge Corner Theatre creatively pairs a feature film or documentary with lively presentations by notable figures from the world of science, medicine, and technology. The Science on Screen series is co-presented by the Museum of Science, Boston and supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, with additional support from Gesmer, Updegrove LLP, and Richard Anders.

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