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The Masculine Subject of Science Fiction in the 1980s Blockbuster Era

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/9780748624652.003.0004
The Masculine Subject of Science Fiction in the 1980s Blockbuster Era

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This chapter reports the depiction of the masculine subject in mainstream American science fiction films from 1980–1990. The popular rebirth in the science fiction film in America results to the genre's market dominance. Star Wars and Close Encounters offer a picture of disintegrating family structures and absentee fathers. The Back to the Future series continues the themes of family and fatherhood. The cyborg films, The Terminator and Robocop, in 1980s are explored. It is believed that it is wrong to see either of these films as unproblematically upholding the dominant ideology of the time. It appears that, with the influx of the American film product onto the global marketplace in the 1980s, some national cinemas responded by producing national films. The interview with Paul Verhoeven clarifies the ways in which American culture came to be ‘written’ into the film.

Keywords: science fiction films; America; masculine; The Terminator; Robocop; Star Wars; Close Encounters; Paul Verhoeven; global marketplace; Back to the Future

Chapter.  16313 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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