Science Fiction Film

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 24, 2001 - Performing Arts - 254 pages
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Science Fiction Film examines one of the most enduring and popular genres of Hollywood cinema, suggesting how the science fiction film reflects attitudes toward science, technology, and reason as they have evolved in American culture over the course of the twentieth century. J. P. Telotte provides a survey of science fiction film criticism, emphasizing humanist, psychological, ideological, feminist, and postmodern critiques. He also sketches a history of the genre, from its earliest literary manifestations to the present, while touching on and comparing it to pulp fiction, early television science fiction, and Japanese anim. Telotte offers in-depth readings of three key films: Robocop, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and THX 1138, each of which typifies a particular form of science fiction fantasy. Challenging the boundaries usually seen between high and low culture, literature and film, Science Fiction Film reasserts the central role of fantasy in popular films, even those concerned with reason, science, and technology.
  

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Contents

Science Fiction Film The Critical Context
33
A Trajectory of the American Science Fiction Film
63
The Science Fiction Film as Fantastic Text THX 1138
123
The Science Fiction Film as Marvelous Text Close Encounters of the Third Kind
142
The Science Fiction Film as Uncanny Text RoboCop
161
Crossing Genre Boundaries Bound by Fantasy The Fly 1986
179
Conclusion A Note on Boundaries
197
Notes
205
Bibliography
219
Select Filmography of the American Science Fiction Film
225
Index
245
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J. P. TELOTTE is Professor of Literature, Communication, and Culture at Georgia Institute of Technology and editor of The Cult Film Experience (1991). His books include Replications: A Robotic History of the Science Fiction Film (1995), Voices in the Dark: The Narrative Patterns of Film Noir (1989), and Dreams of Darkness: Fantasy and the Films of Val Lewton (1985).

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