Saturday Cinema: Made to Persuade, Part I

Saturday, September 17, 2016 • 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.

Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street), Kanbar Forum

Included with museum admission.

All Ages

Can you believe what you see? From rapidly approaching trains to outlaws taking aim, the discovery of cinema’s persuasive powers emerged soon after the medium itself. Over time, filmmakers have refined, expanded, and, of course, exploited the many ways cinema can be used to sway an audience. In this lighthearted, family-friendly program, we explore how films convince us to believe what we see, whether by using beloved cartoon characters or cleverly edited ruses that blend fiction and nonfiction together.


Design for Dreaming (1956, 9 min.) by William Beudine

Kaleidoscope Jazz Chair (1960, 4 min. segment) by Charles and Ray Eames