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Science Fiction CinemaBetween Fantasy and Reality$
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Christine Cornea

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624652

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624652.001.0001

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Introduction: The Formation of the Genre

Introduction: The Formation of the Genre

(p.1) 1. Introduction: The Formation of the Genre
Science Fiction Cinema

Christine Cornea

Edinburgh University Press

The science fiction film genre is separate from the irrational or unconscious meanderings of the human mind. In line with this, this book regularly pertains to examples of the genre that can found on television, in books, comics, video games and even fine art, as part of the project to locate the films within a wider cultural context. Science fiction has surely adopted material from both the musical and horror film. The genre of science fiction film allows the kind of debate witnessed among critics, writers and aficionados of the written novels. The chapter then looks at what might be called proto-science fiction films. These films came before the science fiction film which boom in the 1950s. It is shown that Metropolis had a huge impact on science fiction. The interwar films evidently address the political and social unrest of their times. Until the 1950s, the science fiction feature film genre actually started in America.

Keywords:   science fiction film genre, television, books, comics, video games, art, America, proto-science fiction films, Metropolis

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