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Cinematic NihilismEncounters, Confrontations, Overcomings$
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John Marmysz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424561

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424561.001.0001

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Cultural Change and Nihilism in the Rollerball Films

Cultural Change and Nihilism in the Rollerball Films

(p.117) Chapter 6 Cultural Change and Nihilism in the Rollerball Films
Cinematic Nihilism

John Marmysz

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter contrasts the original, 1975 version of Rollerball with the 2001 remake. Whereas the original version of the film features a hero who dooms himself to a tragic end by actively, yet nihilistically, rebelling against the forces of corporate control, the remake depicts a hero who engages in a successful revolution against the powers that be. In so doing, he promises the establishment of a counter-order that overcomes nihilism. It is argued that while the original version of Rollerball presents a modernist perspective on nihilism, depicting it as a phenomenon that cannot authentically be overcome, the remake presents a postmodernist perspective on nihilism, depicting it as a transitional stage leading from personal despair to ultimate triumph. The ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche, Albert Camus and Jean-Francois Lyotard are drawn upon in order to characterize the differences between modernist and postmodernist renderings of the “problem” of nihilism.

Keywords:   Camus, Albert, Lyotard, Jean-Francois, Modernism, Nietzsche, Friedrich, Nihilism, Postmodernism, Rollerball

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