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The Science Fiction Film Reader : Limelight - Gregg Rickman

The Science Fiction Film Reader


By: Gregg Rickman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st July 2004
ISBN: 9780879109943
Number Of Pages: 466

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Outer space, whether the homeland of demonic invaders or the destination of intrepid explorers, seems to ignite the wildest imagination of filmmakers and audiences alike. And back on earth we all marvel when our planet is taken over by apes or when in a laboratory beings are created that defy, or perhaps reflect, our own humanity. This lavishly illustrated collection of essays begins with 'Cinematic Views', written between 1907 and 1929 by the great film pioneer Georges Melies. It goes on to explore the foundation of science fiction films in writings from the 20s and 30s by such masters of word and image as H G Wells, Luis Bunuel and Jorge Luis Borges. With the genre established and flourishing, the book moves in a variety of directions -- toward outer space, as a subject; different periods in film history, each with its own style and dominant themes; the work of specific directors and writers and, finally, some classic science fiction films of the recent past.

Introductionp. xiii
Trick Effects (1907)p. 2
Mr. Wells Reviews a Current Film (1927)p. 5
Metropolis (1927)p. 13
Wells the Visionary (1936)p. 16
Adventures in Outer Space
Frau im Mond (The Woman in the Moon) (1929)p. 20
Destination Moon: Real Science Fiction and the Real World (2004)p. 22
Moon Pilot (2004)p. 33
Starship Troopers (1998)p. 41
The 1950s
The Day the Earth Stood Still: Interview with Robert Wise (1988)p. 50
"This Means Something!" Invaders from Mars (2004)p. 60
U-I Sci-Fi: Studio Aesthetics and 1950s Metaphysics (2004)p. 68
Imagining Disaster
The Imagination of Disaster (1965)p. 98
D is for Doomsday: Five (2004)p. 114
Don Siegel on the Pod Society (1976)p. 132
Nearer My Pod to Thee (1994)p. 140
The 1960s
The Damned (2004)p. 146
Intonation Please: The Creation of the Humanoids (2004)p. 153
Signifying Monkeys: Politics and Story-Telling in The Planet of the Apes Series (2004)p. 165
Kubrick and Others
The Myth of 2001 (1969)p. 178
Alien Encounters: Science Fiction and the Mysterium in 2001, Solaris, and Contact (2004)p. 181
Juice from A Clockwork Orange (1972)p. 210
The Best of Both Worlds: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)p. 215
Star Wars
"The Man Understands the Metaphor": Joseph Campbell on Star Wars (1990)p. 226
Not So Long Ago and Far Away: Star Wars, Republics and Empires of Tomorrow (2004)p. 229
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Steven Spielberg on E.T. (2004)p. 254
The Pure and the Impure (1982)p. 261
Well, I Don't Love You, E.T. (1982)p. 266
The Films of Philip K. Dick
"They Did Sight Stimulation on My Brain": Philip K. Dick on Blade Runner (1984, 1991)p. 270
Blade Runner (1986)p. 280
"I Think, Therefore I Am"--Cartesian Motifs in the Filmed Science Fiction of Philip K. Dick (2004)p. 287
Cyborg Cinema
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)p. 312
Bodies Without Organs: Cyborg Cinema of the 1980s (1995/2004)p. 315
Reproducing Ripley (2001/2004)p. 335
Travels in Time and Place
Modernity and Mise-en-Scene: Terry Gilliam and Brazil (1998)p. 344
Time Travel and Spectatorship in 12 Monkeys and Strange Days (2001)p. 355
The Philosophy of Time Travel: Back to the Future Again, or The Last Temptation of Donnie Darko (2004)p. 369
Gods and Aliens
Joe Dante's American Apocalypse (1999)p. 382
Discourse on Sovereignity: The Truman Show (2001)p. 386
Real Men Wear Black: The Men in Black Films (2004)p. 390
Signs of Spiritual Life (or Why You Are the Alien Species) (2004)p. 397
The Matrix, or the Two Sides of Perversion (2002)p. 406
Contributorsp. 429
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ISBN: 9780879109943
ISBN-10: 0879109947
Series: Limelight
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 466
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: Limelight Editions
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.64

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