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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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Generic Performance and Science Fiction Cinema

Generic Performance and Science Fiction Cinema

(p.215) 7. Generic Performance and Science Fiction Cinema
Science Fiction Cinema

Christine Cornea

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses performance strategies linked with the science fiction film genre and the special significance of generic performance in contemporary science fiction film. Using David Cronenberg's films Crash and eXistenZ as the primary examples, the chapter examines the role of performance within these films and the wider implications of performance as encouraged by video and computer games. These films place questions of performance at the heart of their projects, which is made abundantly clear in the reference to past film performances. Both of these films displayed a certain play with an established ‘depth’ formula of being human and visions of a constantly emerging techno-human. The performative aspects of performance are highlighted in the sense that uncertainty and possibility is kept in play. The chapter finally presents an interview with Dean Norris regarding generic performance in science fiction film.

Keywords:   generic performance, science fiction film, David Cronenberg, Crash, eXistenZ, Dean Norris

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