Futurist Film USB
Transcript Futurist Film USB
Definitions 1: SF
Science Fiction Robert A. Heinlein. 1959.
“ Realistic speculation about
possible future events, based
solidly on adequate knowledge
of the real world, past and
present, and on a thorough
understanding of the nature and
significance of the scientific
Definitions 2: Fantasy
Fantasy is a genre that uses magic and
other supernatural forms as a primary
element of plot, theme, and/or setting.
Fantasy is generally distinguished from
science fiction and horror by the expectation
that it steers clear of technological and
macabre themes, respectively, though there
is a great deal of overlap between the three
(collectively known as speculative fiction).
Definitions 3: Horror
Any flick designed to scare your date
into your lap.
Linda Williams (Berkeley): Horror,
melodrama, and pornography are
Focus of this class: SF film that
deals with future
Film about a timeframe yet to come
Film displaying values and ideas
seeking to release from the past
Film of prediction, extrapolation, or
speculation on future events
Film about time travel to future
Recurrent themes persist that reveal
psychological and social focus
Effect of technology on life
Analysis may reveal sub-sub-genres
Space motif includes:
Invasion as possession
What are the
--Props, costumes, ‘looks’
--Fads, themes, memes
What is the message?
Correlations to social, psychological
Visual motifs as signals:
by film makers and audiences
at time of manufacture and today.
One iconographic approach
Kitsch & Camp
--Aesthetic of bad taste and irony
--Contemporary view of retro future
--Art history and stylistic analysis
Here’s how you can play
C&C of written or visual
SF classic written text c&c movie(s)
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