Science Fiction Film (Genres in American Cinema) by J. P. Telotte

By J. P. Telotte

This examine examines essentially the most enduring and well known genres of Hollywood cinema, suggesting how the technology fiction movie displays attitudes towards technology, expertise, and cause as they've got developed in American tradition over the process the 20 th century. Telotte offers a survey of feedback and an outline of the heritage of the style, from its earliest literary manifestations to the current. He bargains in-depth readings of 3 key films;Robocop, shut Encounters of the 3rd variety, and THX 1138, every one of which typifies a specific type of technological know-how fiction myth.

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By J. P. Telotte

This examine examines essentially the most enduring and well known genres of Hollywood cinema, suggesting how the technology fiction movie displays attitudes towards technology, expertise, and cause as they've got developed in American tradition over the process the 20 th century. Telotte offers a survey of feedback and an outline of the heritage of the style, from its earliest literary manifestations to the current. He bargains in-depth readings of 3 key films;Robocop, shut Encounters of the 3rd variety, and THX 1138, every one of which typifies a specific type of technological know-how fiction myth.

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As a result, science fiction film criticism has moved far afield from its early fanzine-type commentary, such as was found in a magazine like Famous Monsters of Filmland, and large-format picture-book histories, to include articles in the leading literary and film-related journals, as well as university-press-sponsored studies of individual films, filmmakers, and specific themes of science fiction cinema. While the present chapter does not pretend to offer a full survey of the history of this developing science fiction film criticism, it does summarize the main currents of thought on the genre and offer detailed commentaries on some studies.

Humanist, that is, insofar as it has usually assumed the primacy of man and his values, and insofar as it has expressed confidence and conviction concerning man’s ability and need to survive any confrontation with the forces of a hostile or inscrutable universe, or the threats posed by technological and scientific advancement”6 [Fig. 16]. 7 In the popular genre film, especially the S C I E N C E F I C T I O N F I L M : T H E C R I T I C A L C O N T E X T ❖ 39 Figure 17. Sontag’s “Imagination of Disaster” takes shape in the giant mutant ants of Them!

Rather, it suggests that in the tensions expressed therein we are observing a deep-rooted subversive power at work within our science fiction films. Other, less nuanced uses of the ideological method, in privileging how our film genres help to construct cultural attitudes, read totally against the grain of genre, against a specific formula’s function in mirroring and addressing our most pressing cultural concerns. Instead, they would see it simply as a potent manipulative device – much like S C I E N C E F I C T I O N F I L M : T H E C R I T I C A L C O N T E X T ❖ 43 Figure 19.

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