The Science Fiction Film Reader


(Limelight). An illustrated collection of essays by masters such as H.G. Wells, Luis Bunuel, Jorge Luis Borges, Arthur C. Clarke, Anthony Burgess, Joseph Campbell, Pauline Kael, George F. Will, Robin Wood, and Susan Sontag.

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(Limelight). An illustrated collection of essays by masters such as H.G. Wells, Luis Bunuel, Jorge Luis Borges, Arthur C. Clarke, Anthony Burgess, Joseph Campbell, Pauline Kael, George F. Will, Robin Wood, and Susan Sontag.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879109943
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Pages: 466
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Part 1 Foundations
Trick Effects (1907) 2
Mr. Wells Reviews a Current Film (1927) 5
Metropolis (1927) 13
Wells the Visionary (1936) 16
Part 2 Adventures in Outer Space
Frau im Mond (The Woman in the Moon) (1929) 20
Destination Moon: Real Science Fiction and the Real World (2004) 22
Moon Pilot (2004) 33
Starship Troopers (1998) 41
Part 3 The 1950s
The Day the Earth Stood Still: Interview with Robert Wise (1988) 50
"This Means Something!" Invaders from Mars (2004) 60
U-I Sci-Fi: Studio Aesthetics and 1950s Metaphysics (2004) 68
Part 4 Imagining Disaster
The Imagination of Disaster (1965) 98
D is for Doomsday: Five (2004) 114
Don Siegel on the Pod Society (1976) 132
Nearer My Pod to Thee (1994) 140
Part 5 The 1960s
The Damned (2004) 146
Intonation Please: The Creation of the Humanoids (2004) 153
Signifying Monkeys: Politics and Story-Telling in The Planet of the Apes Series (2004) 165
Part 6 Kubrick and Others
The Myth of 2001 (1969) 178
Alien Encounters: Science Fiction and the Mysterium in 2001, Solaris, and Contact (2004) 181
Juice from A Clockwork Orange (1972) 210
The Best of Both Worlds: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) 215
Part 7 Star Wars
"The Man Understands the Metaphor": Joseph Campbell on Star Wars (1990) 226
Not So Long Ago and Far Away: Star Wars, Republics and Empires of Tomorrow (2004) 229
Part 8 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Steven Spielberg on E.T. (2004) 254
The Pure and the Impure (1982) 261
Well, I Don't Love You, E.T. (1982) 266
Part 9 The Films of Philip K. Dick
"They Did Sight Stimulation on My Brain": Philip K. Dick on Blade Runner (1984, 1991) 270
Blade Runner (1986) 280
"I Think, Therefore I Am"--Cartesian Motifs in the Filmed Science Fiction of Philip K. Dick (2004) 287
Part 10 Cyborg Cinema
Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970) 312
Bodies Without Organs: Cyborg Cinema of the 1980s (1995/2004) 315
Reproducing Ripley (2001/2004) 335
Part 11 Travels in Time and Place
Modernity and Mise-en-Scene: Terry Gilliam and Brazil (1998) 344
Time Travel and Spectatorship in 12 Monkeys and Strange Days (2001) 355
The Philosophy of Time Travel: Back to the Future Again, or The Last Temptation of Donnie Darko (2004) 369
Part 12 Gods and Aliens
Joe Dante's American Apocalypse (1999) 382
Discourse on Sovereignity: The Truman Show (2001) 386
Real Men Wear Black: The Men in Black Films (2004) 390
Signs of Spiritual Life (or Why You Are the Alien Species) (2004) 397
The Matrix, or the Two Sides of Perversion (2002) 406
Contributors 429
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