Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

  • Saturday August 02, 2014 2:00 PM

MIYAZAKI AT THE MODERN: MASTERPIECES OF ANIMATION presents Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Hayao Miyazaki, 1984, 116 minutes, English)

Introduction and discussion following screening with Dr. Pamela Gossin.

The debut film from Hayao Miyazaki, NAUSICAÄ, is considered by many to be his masterwork—and there are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, NAUSICAÄ is the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph.

Dr. Gossin studies the interdisciplinary interrelations of literature, history, and science, especially astronomy and cosmology, from the ancient world through the Scientific Revolution to the present. Dr. Gossin is an active member of the Advisory Board of Mechademia, the world's first academic journal devoted to the study of anime and manga. Along with Dr. Marc Hairston, Dr. Gossin teaches a lecture course at the University of Texas at Dallas titled “Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Anime Fantasy of Hayao Miyazaki.”

Guests are invited for traditional Japanese refreshments (Taiyaki and green tea punch) in the Grand Lobby following the screening. Stop by the Modern Shop and peruse a wide selection of Totoro merchandise, manga books, and anime costumes.


The Lone Star Film Society’s ArthouseFW Society joins the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth in celebrating the art of ,Japanese film director, animatormangaka, illustrator, producer, and screenwriter Hayao Miyazaki. Throughout a career that has spanned six decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and brilliant creator of anime feature films. Along with Isao Takahata, he co-founded Studio Ghibli, the famed Japanese film and animation studio. The success of Miyazaki's films has invited comparisons with American animator Walt Disney, British animator Nick Park, and American director Steven Spielberg. He is considered one of the most popular and influential animators in the history of cinema.

Screenings will be held in the Modern’s auditorium. Tickets are $9, $8 for Modern members, $6 for Lone Star members and Modern Reel People, and $5 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased in advance at or by calling the Modern at 817.738.9215. 


Café Modern will host a 6-Course Japanese Kaiseki Dinner & Sake Pairing on August 28 at 6:30 pm. Reservations necessary. Please RSVP to 817-840-2157.