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Apocalypse-cinema : 2012 and other ends of the world

Author: Peter Szendy
Publisher: New York : Fordham University Press, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Apocalypse-cinema is not only the end of time that has so often been staged as spectacle in films like 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, and The Terminator. By looking at blockbusters that play with general annihilation while also paying close attention to films like Melancholia, Cloverfield, Blade Runner, and Twelve Monkeys, this book suggests that in the apocalyptic genre, film gnaws at its own limit.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Szendy
ISBN: 9780823264803 0823264807 9780823264810 0823264815
OCLC Number: 890377498
Notes: "This book was originally published in French as Peter Szendy, L'apocalypse-cinéma: 2012 et autres fin du"--Title page verso.
Awards: Winner of Winner of the French Voices Translation Award 2015
Description: xx, 159 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Melancholia, or the after all --
The last man on earth or film as countdown --
Cloverfield or the holocaust of the date --
Terminator or the arche-traveling shot --
2012 or pyrotechnics --
A.I. or the freeze --
Pause, for inventory (the "Apo") --
Watchmen or the layering of the cineworld --
Sunshine or the black-and-white radiography --
Blade runner or the interworlds --
Twelve monkeys or the pipes of the apocalypse --
The road or the language of a drowned era --
The blob or the bubble --
Il n'y a pas de hors-film or cinema and its cinders.
Other Titles: Apocalypse-cinéma.
Responsibility: Peter Szendy ; Translated by Will Bishop.

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By analyzing many films, by drawing on the philosophy of Lyotard, Nancy, and Derrida, this book suggest that in the apocalyptic genre, cinema is at work on its limit. Apocalypse-cinema is both the  Read more...

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