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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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Spaced Out: Between the ‘Golden Years’

Spaced Out: Between the ‘Golden Years’

(p.75) 3. Spaced Out: Between the ‘Golden Years’
Science Fiction Cinema

Christine Cornea

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter describes a range of films that appeared in the 1960s. It then addresses the ‘new art’ films that appeared in the late 1960s throughout the 1970s. The 1960s was a time when science fiction and science fact became remarkably intertwined, sometimes blurred, particularly within the context of an American national preoccupation with the story of the Space Race. The first ‘golden age’ of the science fiction film is frequently placed in the 1950s, with a second ‘golden age’ typically dated from the late 1970s and early 1980s. An interest in drugs became a defining feature of the ‘new art’ science fiction films. Examples of the American ‘new art’ science fiction films are then considered. The chapter also investigates a couple of British films, Zardoz and The Quatermass Conclusion. These British films also show the counter-culture as a feminine threat. An interview with Director Ken Russell is finally presented.

Keywords:   new art, science fiction film, Space Race, golden age, drugs, Zardoz, The Quatermass Conclusion, feminine threat, Director Ken Russell

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