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The apocalypse in film : dystopias, disasters, and other visions about the end of the world

Author: Karen A Ritzenhoff; Angela Krewani
Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
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The Apocalypse in Film: Dystopias, Disasters, and Other Visions about the End of the World offers an overview of Armageddon in film from the silent era to the present. This collection of essays discusses how such films reflect social anxieties--ones that are linked to economic, ecological, and cultural factors. Featuring a broad spectrum of international scholars specializing in different historical genres and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Apocalypse in film
(DLC) 2015029497
(OCoLC)915774887
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Karen A Ritzenhoff; Angela Krewani
ISBN: 9781442260290 1442260297
OCLC Number: 927103982
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction / Karen A. Ritzenhoff and Angela Krewani --
THE EARLY DEPICTIONS OF DISASTER. World War One and Hollywood's First Modern Armageddon: Understanding Wartime and Post-Conflict Representations of a Global Cataclysm in Civilization (1916) and The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) / Clémentine Tholas-Disset --
The end of the world: loss and redemption in Four horsemen of the apocalypse / Karen Randell --
GLOBAL DEMISE AND COLD WAR. "Radiation's rising, but one mustn't grumble too much": nuclear apocalypse played as farce in Richard Lester's The bed-sitting room / Thomas Prasch --
The legacy of Dr. Strangelove: Stanley Kubrick, science fiction blockbusters and the future of humanity / Peter Krämer --
"Gentleman, you can't fight in here": gender symbolism and the end of the world in Dr. Strangelove and Melancholia / Catriona Mcavoy --
MELANCHOLIA AND OTHER REPRESENTATIONS OF THE APOCALYSPE. Is there an end to it? fictional shelters and shelter-fiction / Solvejg Nitzke --
Melancholia and the apocalypse within / Pierre Floquet --
Eco apocalypse: environmentalism, political alienation and therapeutic agency / Philip Hammond and Hugh Ortega Breton --
POLOITICS OF SHOWING THE UNTHINKABLE. Disaster films: the end of the world and the risk society hero / Frederick Wasser --
The (gender) politics of disaster in 2012 / Charles Antoine Courcoux --
Tarkovsky's The sacrifice: a religious humanist apocalypse / Tatjana Ljuji --
Dead narratives: defining humanity through stories / A. Fiona Pearson and Scott Ellis --
MOVING BEYOND THE END OF THE WORLD. Opposing Thatcherism: filmic apocalypse as a political strategy in 1980s Britain / Angela Krewani --
Painting in time: on the use of digital visual effects in Melancholia / Andreas Kirchner --
The corporate and corporeal: min(d)ing the body conscience and consumption in early 21st century Hollywood dystopia / Wendy Sterba.
Responsibility: edited by Karen A. Ritzenhoff, Angela Krewani.

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The Apocalypse in Film: Dystopias, Disasters, and Other Visions about the End of the World offers an overview of Armageddon in film from the silent era to the present. This collection of essays discusses how such films reflect social anxieties--ones that are linked to economic, ecological, and cultural factors. Featuring a broad spectrum of international scholars specializing in different historical genres and methodologies, these essays look at a number of films, including the silent classic The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, the Mayan calendar disaster epic, 2012, and in particular, Lars Von Trier's Melancholia, the focus of several essays. As some filmmakers translate the anxiety about a changing global climate and geo-political relations into visions of the apocalypse, others articulate worries about the planet's future by depicting chemical warfare, environmental disasters, or human made destruction. This book analyzes the emergence of apocalyptic and dystopic narratives and explores the political and social situations on which these films are based. Contributing to the dialogue on dystopic culture in war and peace, The Apocalypse in Film will be of interest to scholars in film and media studies, border studies, gender studies, sociology, and political science.--Publisher website.

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