By M. Keith Booker

ISBN-10: 0313025142

ISBN-13: 9780313025143

For greater than 50 years, technological know-how fiction motion pictures were one of the most vital and winning items of yank cinema, and are worthwhile of analysis for this reason on my own. On a deeper point, the style has mirrored vital issues, matters and advancements in American society, in order that a background of technological know-how fiction movie additionally serves as a cultural heritage of the US during the last part century.

M. Keith Booker has chosen fifteen of the main profitable and leading edge technological know-how fiction movies of all time, and tested each one of them at length--from cultural, technical and cinematic perspectives--to see the place they got here from and what they intended for the way forward for cinema and for the United States at huge. From "Invasion of the physique Snatchers" to "Star Wars," from "Blade Runner" to "The Matrix," those landmark motion pictures have expressed our fears and desires, our talents and our deficiencies. during this deep-seeking research, we will be able to all locate whatever of ourselves that we realize, in addition to anything that we've by no means well-known before.

The concentrate on a pretty small variety of landmark motion pictures permits precise realization to surely unique videos, together with: "Forbidden Planet, Invasion of the physique Snatchers, 2001: an area Odyssey, Planet of the Apes, celebrity Wars, shut Encounters of the 3rd sort, Alien, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Blade Runner, The Terminator, Robocop, The Abyss, Independence Day," and "The Matrix." This booklet is perfect for normal readers attracted to technological know-how fiction and picture.

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Morbius, on the other hand, seems anxious to get rid of the n e w comers, presumably because he fears that they will meet the same sad fate as the other members of the crew of the Bellerophon. Adams, however, Forbidden Planet • 45 decides that he must contact Earth (not an easy matter at these interstellar distances) for instructions on h o w to proceed. R o b b y helps the visitors as they construct a transmitter with which to contact Earth, meanwhile meeting up with the ship's cook (Earl Holliman), a comic character for w h o m he fabricates a large supply of b o u r bon in the kind of comic subplot often found in science fiction films (and W o r l d W a r II films, for that matter).

The Day the Earth Stood Still is certainly critical of the anti-communist fervor that was so widespread in the U n i t e d States at the beginning of the 1950s, and there is no doubt that the film's politics are further to the left than those of many alien-invasion films of the decade. O n the other hand, the political stance of the film is probably not nearly as far to the left as Biskmd seems to indicate. T h e film is in no way pro-Soviet or p r o - c o m m u n i s t but is simply an anti-militarist denunciation of the folly of the Cold W a r arms race.

Herrmann's comments are contained in an interview with Ted Gilling printed in the journal Sight and Sound (vol. 41, Winter 1971/72). The Day the Earth Stood Still • 35 The Day the Earth Stood Still, with its vision of benevolent aliens w h o have come to Earth on a mission of peace (only to be greeted with suspicion and violence), thus w e n t against the grain of both anti-Soviet and anti-alien hysteria. O f course, these t w o forms of hysteria are informed by a similar xenophobia, and it is no accident that the height of fears over invasion by extraterrestrials occurred precisely w h e n the American public had been primed by official propaganda to expect an unprovoked attack by the sinister forces of c o m m u n i s m .

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