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Science Fiction Cinema Part Two

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Michael Parkes

on 25 November 2014

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Aims and Objectives
Stage Five
Red Planet Mars: Post War Sci-Fi and Subversive Invasion
Stage Four
War of the Worlds: Science Fiction, Invasion and War
Aims and Objectives
Examine Science Fiction Cinema of the war years
Address representations of technology and the other
Analyse the theme of 'Invasion' in sci-fi cinema

Aims and Objectives
Examine the change in tone/threat in post WW2 Sci-Fi
Address the cultural changes in 50s America and UK
Analyse the political, technological and cultural threats in 50s and 60s life
Examine the relationship between Sci-Fi and Politics
Analyse the representation of women in Sci-Fi
Address themes of Environmental Politics and Dystopia in Sci-Fi
Stage Six
Futureworld: Sci-Fi as Political Allegory
Science Fiction Cinema
War of the Worlds
Independence Day
Ender's Game
Starship Troopers
Edge of Tomorrow
The Twonky 1953
How do Science Fiction Films represent war differently to other genres?
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
On The Beach (1959)
How do these 'Monsters' differ to other decades?
How do they represent Atomic Anxiety?

Them (1954)
Godzilla (1954)
Beast from 20,000 fathoms (1953)
The Blob (1958)

Science Fiction and Atomic Anxiety
How do the following represent Invasion?
Science Fiction and Invasion!
Different types of Invasion
1940s - Destructive
Aggressive attacks
Use of technology
Links to WW2

1950s - Subversive
Mental control
Use biology
Links to communism
Invaders from Mars (1953)
What changed in society to prompt a change in theme/style?
Key Text: Things to Come (1936)
What would be the attraction of 'Things to Come' for audiences in 1936?
What is the function of Sci-Fi during times of War?
Who are these Alien invaders supposed to represent?
War of the Worlds (1953)
How would audiences in 1950s America understand War of the Worlds?

Invisible Agent (1942)
Destination Moon (1950)
Film Industry Changes
Colour Technology
Competition with TV
Break up of Studio System
Young and Female Audience
A & B movie roll
3D cinema
Next Week:
Half Way Quiz
Exploring Nottingham's
Cinema History
Starts Monday
Q1 Early Sci-Fi director Georges Melies' appeared in which 2011 Martin Scorsese Movie?
Half Way Point Quiz
Q2 1918's 'The Master Mystery' was the first film to include a robot and which famous Magician/Escapologist?
Q3 Sci-Fi Classic 'Metropolis' depicted an early dystopia, but what is the name of the robot created to quash the rebellion?
Q4 Which of these films is the odd one out -
The Invisible Man,
Things to Come,
War of the Worlds
20,000 Leagues under the Sea?
Q5 James Whale directs Boris Karloff in a film adaptation of a book by Mary Shelly - name the film?
Q6 Name the film?
Q7 How was the 'Blob' of 1958 film of the same name finally defeated?
Q8 1956's Forbidden Planet is a re-working of which Shakespearean story?
Key Text: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Originally a novel by Jack Finney
Serialised in 'Colliers Magazine'
Finney argues no political dimension
McCarthy cast for his name?
Remade several times
Why is the story of 'Invasion' so enduring?
What is so frightening about conformity?
The fear of Subversion
1950s-60s America's Loss of Identity
McCarthy Witchhunts
Hollywood 10
Scriptwriters seen as threat

Fear of an invasion of ideology
Television and Subversive Invasion
TV seen as a threat to identity
Studios compete with technology
IOTBS contains references to technology
The Enemy Within: Children, Authority and Rebellion

Rebel Without a Cause
Blackboard Jungle
Village of the Damned
The Fountainhead (1949)
British Science Fiction
Hammer Films
Post WW2 anxiety
Issues of Empire
The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
Quatermass films (1955-67)

Suburban Conformity
Migration to suburban communities
Labour saving technologies
Change in entertainment technology
Growth of service employment
What threat do the antagonists of these films pose?
How do US and UK Science Fiction differ? Why?
Capricorn One
Soylent Green
Fahrenheit 451
Planet of the Apes
Silent Running
X- The Man with X Ray Eyes
Clockwork Orange
THX 1138
Logans Run
The Andromeda Strain
The Omega Man
The Man who Fell to Earth
Demon Seed
The Stepford Wives (2004)
The Stepford Wives (1975)
Science Fiction Feminism
Second Wave
Post Feminism
Third Wave
Gender Politics
Has the representation of Women
changed in Science Fiction?
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Watergate Scandal
Conspiracy Theory and Sci-Fi
Distrust in Politicians
Exposes by Investigative Journalists
Cold War Context
Silkwood (1983)
Capricorn One (1978)
Soylent Green (1973)
Environmental Politics
Silent Running (1972)
What are the Planet of the Apes films trying to say?
Why do they continue to be popular in 2014?
Science Fiction and Apocalypse
The Andromeda Strain
The Omega Man
The Disaster Movie
Westworld (1973)
X-The Man with x Ray Eyes (1963)
Permissive Society
The Sorcerers (1967)
Political Protest
Mediated on TV
Screen Violence
Demon Seed (1977)
Does contemporary Sci-Fi critique Politics?
Why was 70s Sci-Fi so Paranoid?
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