Martian Pictures: Analyzing the Cinema of the Red Planet

Martian Pictures: Analyzing the Cinema of the Red Planet


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ISBN-13: 9780786498932
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/06/2018
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

O’Brien Stanley is a professor of film studies in the Department of Communication at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, specializing in television and film genre studies, science fiction film, and Super-8 film production and preservation. Nicki L. Michalski is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Lamar. Her areas of study include popular culture, spiritual communication and rhetoric. Lane “Doc” Roth recently retired from Lamar University, where he was an associate professor. His primary interests are the depth psychology of Carl Jung, film theory and classic American films. Steven J. Zani is a professor of comparative literature and academic dean at the American University of Ras al Khaimah, in the Arab Emirates. His interests include popular culture, biblical hermeneutics, romanticism and Freudian psychoanalysis.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

“In the beginning…” 1

Preface 3

Introduction: Mars as a Blank Canvas 9

Part 1: Exploring Mars

One. Conformity, Survival and Hope: Genre Parallels Between Combat Films and Movies on Missions to Mars 11

Two. Deviant Discoverers Lead the Way to Mars: Critical Thinkers, Rational Recorders and ­Non-Conformists 31

Three. Space: The Final Frontier and the Agencies That Get Us There 40

Part 2: Invaders from Mars

Four. Alienated: Martians as the Other 52

Five. Zombies of the Stratosphere 71

Six. “I Think They Want Us to Come and Find Them”: Prometheus, Film and the Greek Myth of Etiology 92

Part 3: Mars and Society

Seven. Human Women, Female Martians and the Evolution of Interplanetary Gender Role 106

Eight. Is There a Tea Party on Mars? Business and Politics as Usual on the Red Planet 119

Nine. Planet B: Climate Change, the Exploitation of Earth and Mars’ Portrayal as Refuge and Resource 142

Ten. Using Our Religion: Heaven, Hell and the Projection of Human Vanity on the Martian Landscape 153

Eleven. Not Quite Total Recall: An Analysis of the Three Versions of the Story 163

Twelve. The Funny Side of Mars: Comedic Science Fiction 171

Thirteen. Survivalism and “Prepping” for Life on Mars 194

Filmography 205

References 221

Index 231

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