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  Foster on Film - Science Fiction
Fantasy (of which Science Fiction is a sub-genre) is belittled by supporters of "the main stream," both in literature and in film.
Science Fiction is a much larger genre than Film Noir or Swashbucklers, overlapping almost all other genres (there are SF mysteries, SF Swashbucklers, SF Film Noir, SF Westerns, SF war films, SF comedies, and SF romances, to name a few).
Comparing this list with the ones I made for Film Noir and Swashbucklers points an important difference between Science Fiction film and those genres: the golden ages of those two genres are past while SF is still doing fine.
www.fosteronfilm.com /important/sf.htm   (2454 words)

  
 Articles: The Ten Best Science Fiction Film Directors, by Jeremy Adam Smith
Science fiction faithful to the science of its day (such as Verne's or Asimov's) becomes obsolete once the first spaceship lands on the moon, or the genome is mapped.
Films like Scanners (1981), Videodrome (1983), The Fly (1986), and eXistenZ (1999) are instantly recognizable for their wintry soundtracks and anonymous cityscapes, which manage to appear simultaneously seedy and clean.
In all his films, Cameron displays a talent and propensity for depicting violent spectacle (he crafts the leanest and meanest plots in all science fiction), which makes it all the more interesting that he is a genre pioneer in female characterization.
www.strangehorizons.com /2004/20040419/directors.shtml   (4820 words)

  
 Promise of Science: Space Travel
Leaving the planet Earth is one of the first motifs to appear in science fiction film -- in fact, the first film to be labelled science fiction is about travelling from the Earth to the Moon.
Although many aspects of this film's story are completely fantastic (such as men walking on the moon without space suits), the affair of space travel is serious and attempts to be true to known science.
This film is set far in the future, when men have explored many of the far reaches of the universe.
www.umich.edu /~umfandsf/film/promise/space_travel.html   (999 words)

  
 Science fiction film
There were earlier science fiction films of course (eg., Melies's A trip to the moon (1902)), but it is significant that after 75 years not only are the same grand themes still central to the genre, but so is the name Metropolis and the vision it invokes.
Its discussion of science fiction as fantasy is lucid, as is its explication of various critical perspectives on science fiction films.
It is a view that sees the American science fiction film as being primarily concerned with the implications for Americans and American society of the "science-technology-reason triad" and the challenges for accepted boundaries implied by it.
www.latrobe.edu.au /screeningthepast/reviews/rev1002/mbbr14a.htm   (972 words)

  
 Science Fiction on Film
An estimated 500 feature films and shorts that can be classified science fiction were made between 1948 and 1962.
Science fiction really began to proliferate on film after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
Due to the huge success of this film, the market for and interest in science fiction as film and as literature skyrocketed into the stratosphere again, rejuvenating and expanding the entire field.
www.nvcc.edu /home/ataormina/scifi/media/filmhist.htm   (1156 words)

  
 kamera.co.uk - book review - Liquid Metal – The Science Fiction Film Reader by Sean Redmond
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At the core is a narrative that argues that in principle the cinema "is" science fiction.
Any film worth experiencing is one that hauls you in for ninety plus minutes, finally to disgorge you in a state of dazed rebirth, and the same applies, of course, to the science fiction genre.
The book succeeds as an illuminating study of the science fiction film, as well as a work of pointed literary and cultural criticism, revealing how this genre has captured the popular imagination while transforming the physical and social world in which we live.
www.kamera.co.uk /books/liquid_metal_the_science_fiction_film_reader.php   (722 words)

  
 Science fiction film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Science fiction film is a film genre that uses speculative, science-based depictions of imaginary phenomena such as extra-terrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, and time travel, often along with technological elements such as futuristic spacecraft, robots, or other technologies.
Science fiction films from the early 1970s explored the theme of paranoia, in which humanity is depicted as under threat from ecological or technological adversaries of its own creation, such as Silent Running (ecology), Westworld (man vs. robot), THX 1138 (man vs. the state), and Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (threat of brainwashing).
Film theorist Vivian Sobchack argues that science fiction films differs from fantasy films in that while science fiction film seeks to achieve our belief in the images we are viewing, fantasy film instead attempts to suspend our disbelief.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Science_fiction_film   (5398 words)

  
 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Continuity: Near the end of the film when Mary is walking around the corner with her box of belongings and cassettes, the man walking directly behind her disappears for one shot.
And Kirsten Dunst performs well within the film despite her appearance that protrudes a sense of innocence that feels off-base or awkward that distracts from the actions of her character.
Not to say that she doesn't perform well or that the character is a pointless one, not in the least, but perhaps it is the fact that her innocence, based on her name and the characters she has played, carries a stigma with her role.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0338013   (1389 words)

  
 Introduction to Gary Westfahl's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Film
Second, the process of evaluating films must also involve individual talent; and, despite the impulse to play it safe and evenly distribute bland praise when commenting on films and filmmakers, critics should instead convey their personal judgments boldly and clearly, even when these contradict consensus opinion or risk the wrath of aficionados.
Next, there are complete lists of all films and television programs that are relevant in some way to the topic of science fiction film—including works of fantasy, horror, suspense, and science fact.
If the subject was only involved in one part of an episodic film, that part is described as a "segment," with the term "episode" reserved for individual episodes of television series.
www.sfsite.com /gary/ww-encyclopedia.htm   (524 words)

  
 Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame -- SFM Features -- Museum News -- Science Fiction Short Film Festival Launched
The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (SFM) in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival Group (SIFF), announces the launch of the first-annual Science Fiction Short Film Festival, to promote and encourage awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of science fiction cinema.
Its mandate is to create a forum for creative artistry in science fiction film and recognize the most outstanding short films produced.
The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame is the first museum to archive and exhibit great works of science fiction literature, film and art.
www.sfhomeworld.org /make_contact/article.asp?articleID=218   (480 words)

  
 Policy Staement for Science FIction FIlm -- 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
We will watch the films together in Dan 313, during the class lab on Tuesdays from 3:30-6:15 Just as in a biology or chemistry course, the lab is a mandatory part of this class; absence from the lab will be treated as a double cut.
Entries should focus on the films and articles that are part of the course; references to other films are of course welcome, but part of the purpose of the journal is to show me you are doing the reading, so try to stay focused on class material.
Film projects are due two weeks after the film is viewed in class, except for journal entry extracts, which may have a week’s extension.
virtual.clemson.edu /groups/dial/sffilm/04polsff.html   (1616 words)

  
 Film Appreciation - Science Fiction
This thirteen part series is the best of the Science Fiction serials of the thirties that purportedly inspired both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg when they were crafting the original "Indiana Jones and The Raiders of The Lost Ark".
If you enjoy a film that treats its audience as if they have an intellect and are capable of using it, or if you simply enjoy a film that encourages quiet contemplation and meditation you will love it.
These films have little in common, except for the way they came along at a crucial moment in cinema history, when new methods were ripe for synthesis.
www.twyman-whitney.com /film/genre/sciencefiction.html   (1569 words)

  
 The science of fiction - Film - Entertainment - smh.com.au
Now science fiction is starting to become science fact, with breakthroughs in teleportation and the development of the world's first invisibility cloak.
The science fiction dream of becoming invisible is much closer to fruition, with last week's demonstration of the first cloaking device.
He found the science was accurate in only about a quarter, with older ones, such as the 1978 movie The Boys From Brazil, in which an attempt is made to clone Adolf Hitler, much more accurate than later ones, such as Austin Powers in Goldmember, Jurassic Park and The 6th Day.
www.smh.com.au /news/film/the-science-of-fiction/2006/10/27/1161749315141.html   (1715 words)

  
 Futuristic Visions in Science Fiction Film
The film ends with a truce, as Frederson promises to be nicer to his workers in the future.
The film is set in Los Angeles in the year 2019, when a race of robots called “Replicants” have become a menace to society.
The film is a unique hybrid of the century’s differing visions of the future, and while it sums up the century in a nutshell, its originality and vision also offer a glimpse of what is to come.
www.ericenders.com /scifi.htm   (3022 words)

  
 Science Fiction Films
Its importance as an early science-fiction film was that it served as a precursor and inspiration to Universal's Frankenstein (1931) film and many other plots of sci-fi films (with mad scientists, superhuman androids, Gothic elements, and the evil effects of technology).
Even today, the film is acclaimed for its original, futuristic sets, mechanized society themes and a gigantic subterranean flood - it appeared to accurately project the nature of society in the year 2000.
The most memorable blending of science fiction and horror was in Universal Studios' mad scientist-doctor/monster masterpiece from director James Whale, Frankenstein (1931), an adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel.
www.filmsite.org /sci-fifilms.html   (1897 words)

  
 Science Fiction Crowsnest - SciFi Magazine
The film's generic title may be called Vacancy but it echoes that very same sentiment as well-there's nothing worth checking in for regarding this empty, half-hearted horror flick, says Frank.
SFF author talks about his counter-culture hero Gabriel Corrigan, living off the grid and fighting for the freedom to remain outside the system.
UK science fiction publisher BL Publishing has announced the full line-up of genre titles for their Solaris imprint for the Spring 2008 season.
www.sfcrowsnest.com   (2051 words)

  
 Science Fiction Films
Suddenly, science fiction films were viewed as financially profitable and audiences flocked to the theatres and craved more.
The early 1970s sci-fi thriller film adapted from Michael Crichton's novel, Robert Wise's The Andromeda Strain (1971), captured the terror of a deadly, bacterial, crystalline organism from outer space that was brought back to Earth in a satellite, and the efforts of assembled high-tech scientists racing against time to save the world from extermination.
One intelligent, lavishly-expensive science fiction film was MGM's Forbidden Planet (1956) - it told the story of a journey by astronauts of United Planets Cruiser C57D (led by commanding officer Leslie Nielsen in one of his earliest roles) to a distant planet named Altair-IV.
www.filmsite.org /sci-fifilms2.html   (1438 words)

  
 Science Fiction Filme Sekundärliteratur
Science fiction gold : Film classics of the 50s / By Dennis Saleh.
Science fiction et fantastique dans le cinéma Belge.
Science fiction en fantastiek fantastiek in de belgische film.
www.sciencefiction.de /archiv/seklit/filme.htm   (762 words)

  
 Gary Westfahl's Bio-Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Film: Thomas Tryon
In a lesser science fiction film, the Walt Disney comedy Moon Pilot, Tryon portrayed an astronaut preparing to fly to the Moon who is secretly visited by a seductive alien woman—once again a man with something to hide.
One story in Crowned Heads inspired the little-seen film Fedora, doomed because director Billy Wilder could not bring the proper ambience of horror to the story of a young woman forced to spend her life pretending to be her own mother, while her mother in turn pretends to be an elderly friend.
Tryon's final years cannot have been happy ones: the man reputed to be his longtime companion died of AIDS in 1987, and while the official cause of Tryon's death in 1991 was cancer, one cannot help suspecting that he had also been ravaged by the disease that killed his friend.
www.sfsite.com /gary/tryo01.htm   (770 words)

  
 Postmodernism and Science Fiction Film
Christie,-John-R.-R. "Science Fiction and the Postmodern: The Recent Fiction of William Gibson and John Crowley." Essays and Studies, [Leicester, England] n.s.
Science Fiction and Postmodern Fiction: A Genre Study.
"Science Fiction and the German Democratic Republic." Science Fiction Studies 11 (1984): 194-9.
hubcap.clemson.edu /~sparks/sffilm/pomodsf.html   (535 words)

  
 Science-Fiction & Fantasy forums - Powered by vBulletin
Science fiction and fantasy literature, books, reading, and writer and aspiring novelist boards.
General reading discussion area for science fiction and fantasy literature, containing specialist subforums on key areas - what you like to read, what you don't like to read; the best and the worst authors and novels.
For aspiring writers of science fiction and fantasy - discuss issues of writing, and find useful writer resources and have a sample of your work critiqued here.
www.chronicles-network.com /forum   (549 words)

  
 Whatever: The Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies -- Officially Out!
That's 103 years of science fiction film in 325 pages, including the index (lovingly indexed, I'll note, by the super-competent and generally awesome Susan Marie Groppi).
All three Terminator films are extensively essayed; indeed, in the case where you see a film that's part of a series or has a notable remake, you can assume the other films get examined as well.
Both films are pretty canonical in the history of Japanese animation outside of Japan, and I'm glad to see them being appreciated as important science fiction films as well.
www.scalzi.com /whatever/003785.html   (8869 words)

  
 Amazon.com: The Science Fiction Film Reader: Books: Gregg Rickman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
Science Fiction Film (Genres in American Cinema) by J. Telotte
The Science Fiction Film Reader is an impressively informative anthology of brief essays from diverse notable figures including Arthur C. Clarke, Anthony Burgess, Joseph Campbell, and much more, all concerning the philosophy, impact, cultural merit, or parallels with reality in a wide variety of popular science fiction movies.
An informational treasure trove for science fiction movie buffs, The Science Fiction Film Reader is a fascinating compilation of insight into favorite mind-expanding popular films, and a highly entertaining way to learn a little more about the philosophies, psychological underpinnings and far-reaching effects of favorite films.
www.amazon.com /Science-Fiction-Film-Reader/dp/0879109947   (815 words)

  
 Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame -- SFM Special Events -- Special Events -- 2006 Science Fiction Short Film ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-26)
The Science Fiction Museum & Hall of Fame and the Seattle International Film Festival are pleased to announce the winners of the First Annual Science Fiction Short Film Festival that was held at the Cinerama Theatre in Seattle, WA on Saturday, February 4, 2006.
Twenty original short films were showcased in competition to win a development pitch with the SCI FI Channel.
Thirteen of the twenty directors were able to attend the festival; two traveling to Seattle from as far away as Israel and Ireland.
www.sfhomeworld.org /make_contact/special.asp?articleID=234   (952 words)

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