Science Fiction Cinema

Science Fiction Cinema

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This book charts the dimensions of one of the most popular genres in the cinema. From lurid comic-book blockbusters to dark dystopian visions, science fiction is seen as both a powerful cultural barometer of our times and the product of particular industrial and commercial frameworks. The authors outline the major themes of the genre, from representations of the mad scientist and computer hacker to the relationship between science fiction and postmodernism, exploring issues such as the meaning of special effects and the influence of science fiction cinema on the entertainment media of the digital age. Over one hundred films are discussed and the book concludes with an extensive case study of Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace.1 DEFINING SCIENCE FICTION: NARRATIVE THEMES Science fiction as a Genre What makes science fiction a distinct genre? Most of us can probably recognise an example of science fiction when we see it. But what are the terms in whichanbsp;...

Title:Science Fiction Cinema
Author:Geoff King, Tanya Krzywinska
Publisher:Wallflower Press - 2000


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