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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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Science Fiction Films in the 1950s

Science Fiction Films in the 1950s

(p.29) 2. Science Fiction Films in the 1950s
Science Fiction Cinema

Christine Cornea

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter investigates the science fiction films of the 1950s in America. The 1950s was the decade that marked the beginning of the end for the Hollywood studio system when the oligopoly of the major studios began to break down. The alien invasion films and the science fiction/horror films of that era exhibited an overwhelming concern with the family. Like so many of the American and Japanese films of the time, the British science fiction/horror films of that time ostensibly dealt with the destructive potential of atomic weaponry and concerns surrounding the development and future use of nuclear power. The British films presented largely substitute the female with the monster in their fight to retain an orderly, masculine realm. Finally, an interview with Billy Gray regarding his role in a science fiction film is provided.

Keywords:   science fiction films, America, alien invasion films, British science fiction, horror films, family, nuclear power, Billy Gray

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