Pandemics in Film with Robert Alpert

Episode 16 - June 28, 2020

Robert Alpert (Fordham and Hunter College) discusses pandemics in film as a form of popular culture. After an introduction of how to analyze film and whose perspective it conveys, the conversation focuses on two films, Outbreak (1995) and Contagion (2011), and the shifting ways in which each represented its fictional pandemic. Alpert points out the differences and similarities between the movies and our contemporary experience of COVID-19, explains why zombie movies should be considered pandemic films, and explains why he believes movies should not be disregarded because they are “unrealistic”.

Our Guest

Robert Alpert,

Lecturer, Film Department, Fordham University

Lecturer, Film and Media Department, Hunter College


Robert Alpert