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Introduction: The Formation of the Genre

Christine Cornea

in Science Fiction Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780748624652
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671106 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624652.003.0001
Introduction: The Formation of the Genre

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The science fiction film genre is separate from the irrational or unconscious meanderings of the human mind. In line with this, this book regularly pertains to examples of the genre that can found on television, in books, comics, video games and even fine art, as part of the project to locate the films within a wider cultural context. Science fiction has surely adopted material from both the musical and horror film. The genre of science fiction film allows the kind of debate witnessed among critics, writers and aficionados of the written novels. The chapter then looks at what might be called proto-science fiction films. These films came before the science fiction film which boom in the 1950s. It is shown that Metropolis had a huge impact on science fiction. The interwar films evidently address the political and social unrest of their times. Until the 1950s, the science fiction feature film genre actually started in America.

Keywords: science fiction film genre; television; books; comics; video games; art; America; proto-science fiction films; Metropolis

Chapter.  13628 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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