Dark Side of Dr. Seuss

This program is presented in 16mm with an introduction by film archivist and historian Dennis Nyback.

For the second half of his long career Ted Geisel (Dr. Seuss) wrote hugely popular children’s books. Before that he wrote for humor magazines and made money in advertising. For a brief time in the 1940s he was in the US Army making gung ho propaganda and army training films.  Is there a correlation between attracting young readers and influencing the minds of adults? With this program you can examine Dr. Seuss’ adult oriented work and make your own decision.

“Lovers of Dr. Seuss will take renewed delight in his whimsical and imaginative illustrations even as they may be disturbed by the attitudes reflected in some of his work.” – People Magazine.


Wednesday, July 30