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The spacesuit film : a history, 1918-1969

Author: Gary Westfahl
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This critical history comprehensively examines science fiction films that portray space travel realistically by having characters wear spacesuits. It discusses classics; innumerable films which gesture toward realism but betray that goal with melodramatic villains, low comedy, or improbably monsters; the distinctive spacesuit films of Western Europe, Russia and Japan; and America's televised Apollo 11 moon landing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Westfahl, Gary.
Spacesuit Film : A History, 1918-1969.
Jefferson : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Westfahl
ISBN: 9780786489992 0786489995
OCLC Number: 794664350
Description: 1 online resource (x, 361 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: pre-flight briefing --
First flights: the early films --
The true frontier: the classic films --
Wild adventures: the melodramatic films --
Ships of fools: the humorous films --
Space frights: the horrific films --
Parallel flight paths: the foreign-language films --
From reel to real: the rebirth and death of the films --
Return to Earth: films after 1969.
Responsibility: Gary Westfahl ; foreword by Michael Cassutt.

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"This critical history comprehensively examines science fiction films that portray space travel realistically by having characters wear spacesuits. It discusses classics; innumerable films which gesture toward realism but betray that goal with melodramatic villains, low comedy, or improbably monsters; the distinctive spacesuit films of Western Europe, Russia and Japan; and America's televised Apollo 11 moon landing (1969)"--Provided by publisher.

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