Alien Zone II

Alien Zone II

... 1983 ; H. Bruce Franklin , Visions of the Future in Science Fiction Films from 1970 to 1982 ' , in Annette Kuhn , ed . , Alien Zone : Cultural Theory and Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema , London : Verso , 1990 . s .

Author: Annette Kuhn

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 1859842593

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

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Science fiction cinema is too often left at the margins of serious critical film study. While a handful of films are the subject of general theoretical works, the genre as a whole, and especially its cinematic aspects, are neglected in favor of straightforward considerations of character and narrative. Alien Zone 2 redresses this imbalance by looking at the ways in which contemporary science fiction cinema transforms the themes and conventions of the genre itself. In many ways a companion volume to Alien Zone, it pursues theoretical issues opened up in the earlier book but also explores fresh territory with an eye that is both reflective and interventionist. Visionary cities, psycho-cybernetics, internet fandom, the convergence of science fiction literature and science fiction film, and bodybuilder stardom are all brought under its gaze. Contributors: Will Brooker, Scott Bukatman, Catherine Constable, David Desser, Barry Keith Grant, Brooks Landon, Linda Mizejewski, Vivian Sobchack, Claudia Springer, Janet Staiger, Garrett Stewart.
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Alien Zone

Alien Zone

ALIEN ZONE Cultural Theory and Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema EDITED BY ANNETTE KUHN Perhaps because of its very popularity and cult status , science fiction in all its forms has long suffered from critical neglect .

Author: Annette Kuhn

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 0860912787

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

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This is especially true of the science fiction film--a genre as old as cinema itself--which has rarely received the serious attention devoted to such genres as the western, the film noir and recently, under the aegis of feminist film theory, the so-called "woman's film." Alien Zone aims to bring science fiction cinema fully into the ambit of cultural theory in general and of film theory in particular. The essays in this book--some newly written, others gathered from scattered sources--look at the ways in which contemporary science fiction films draw on, rework, and transform established themes and conventions of the genre: the mise-en-scene of future worlds; the myth of masculine mastery of nature; power and authority and their relation to technology. This material is ordered and contextualized by the editor with a view to exploring how science fiction cinema has been approached critically and theoretically by commentators on the genre: as a mirror of society, as bearing or producing ideology; as caught up in an intertext of media productions, or as expressing unconscious desires. Contributors include Giuliana Bruno, Scott Bukatman, Thomas B. Byers, Barbara Creed, Anne Cranny-Francis, Daniel Dervin, H. Bruce Franklin, James H. Kavanagh, Douglas Kelner, Steve Neale, Judith Newton, Constance Penley, Hugh Ruppersberg, Michael Ryan, Vivian Sobchack, Michael Stern, J. P. Telotte, and Paul Virilio.
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Alien Woman

Alien Woman

“ Aliens . ” In Science Fiction Comics : The Illustrated History . Vol . 3 , Taylor History of Comics . Dallas : Taylor Publishing , 1992 . ... In Alien Zone II : The Spaces of Science Fiction Cinema , ed . Annette Kuhn .

Author: Ximena Gallardo C.

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826415709

Category: Social Science

Page: 262

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This text examines the construction of sex and gender in the four science-fiction films comprising the Alien saga (starring Sigourney Weaver). It will be useful to researchers and teachers in film, mass communication, women's studies, gender studies and genre studies.
Categories: Social Science

Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling

33. Neale, Genre (England: British Film Institute, 1980), p. 31. 34. James Monaco, How to Reada Film: Movies, Media, Multimedia,3rd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000), p. 361. 35. Annette Kuhn, ed., Alien Zone II: The Spaces ...

Author: Shilo T. McClean

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262304191

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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How digital visual effects in film can be used to support storytelling: a guide for scriptwriters and students. Computer-generated effects are often blamed for bad Hollywood movies. Yet when a critic complains that "technology swamps storytelling" (in a review of Van Helsing, calling it "an example of everything that is wrong with Hollywood computer-generated effects movies"), it says more about the weakness of the story than the strength of the technology. In Digital Storytelling, Shilo McClean shows how digital visual effects can be a tool of storytelling in film, adding narrative power as do sound, color, and "experimental" camera angles—other innovative film technologies that were once criticized for being distractions from the story. It is time, she says, to rethink the function of digital visual effects. Effects artists say—contrary to the critics—that effects always derive from story. Digital effects are a part of production, not post-production; they are becoming part of the story development process. Digital Storytelling is grounded in filmmaking, the scriptwriting process in particular. McClean considers crucial questions about digital visual effects—whether they undermine classical storytelling structure, if they always call attention to themselves, whether their use is limited to certain genres—and looks at contemporary films (including a chapter-long analysis of Steven Spielberg's use of computer-generated effects) and contemporary film theory to find the answers. McClean argues that to consider digital visual effects as simply contributing the "wow" factor underestimates them. They are, she writes, the legitimate inheritors of film storycraft.
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Feministische Theologie in Europa mehr als ein halbes Leben Feminist Theology in Europe More than Half a Life

Feministische Theologie in Europa   mehr als ein halbes Leben  Feminist Theology in Europe   More than Half a Life

As a cultural historian, and a medievalist at that, I am unable the Alien films as anything other than historical ... Humanism and Science in Alien, in: Kellen, Alien Zone, 73-81; jneliili N! nism and Anxiety in Alien, in: Kit/in, ...

Author: Elzbieta Adamiak

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783825815479

Category: Feminist theology

Page: 291

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Categories: Feminist theology

The Ridley Scott Encyclopedia

The Ridley Scott Encyclopedia

film] is represented as scientific or sterile, in clear contrast to the alien's physical materiality, thus setting up ... Mother: Morphologies Of Identity in the Alien Series,” in Alien Zone II: The Spaces of Science Fiction Cinema, ed.

Author: Laurence Raw

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810869527

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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From his first feature film, The Duellists, to his international successes Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, and American Gangster, Ridley Scott has directed some of the most compelling films of the last 30 years. Apart from his work as a film director, Scott has engaged in a vast range of activities, including that as a designer, producer, film mogul, and advertising executive. The Ridley Scott Encyclopedia is the first book that focuses on all aspects of his work in a wide-ranging career that spans nearly 50 years. The entries in this encyclopedia focus on all aspects of his work and are divided into four categories. The first focuses on Ridley Scott's work as a director, encompassing his feature films from The Duellists to Body of Lies, as well as his work in television, including commercials. The second category focuses on the people who have been involved in Scott's projects, including actors, directors, producers, designers, writers and other creative personnel. The third focuses on general thematic issues raised in Scott's work, such as gender construction, political issues, and geographical locations. Finally the encyclopedia incorporates entries on films by other directors who have influenced Scott's approach to his work as a director or producer. Each entry is followed by a bibliography of published sources, both in print and online, making this the most comprehensive reference on Scott's body of work.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Bible in Motion

The Bible in Motion

“From Holy Aliens to Cyborg Saviours: Biblical Subtexts in Four Science Fiction Films.” Journal of Religion and Film 5.2: http://www.unomaha.edu/jrf/cyborg.htm; accessed February 22, 2015. Kuhn, Annette, ed. 1990. Alien Zone: Cultural ...

Author: Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9781614513261

Category: Religion

Page: 956

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This two-part volume contains a comprehensive collection of original studies by well-known scholars focusing on the Bible’s wide-ranging reception in world cinema. It is organized into sections examining the rich cinematic afterlives of selected characters from the Hebrew Bible and New Testament; considering issues of biblical reception across a wide array of film genres, ranging from noir to anime; featuring directors, from Lee Chang-dong to the Coen brothers, whose body of work reveals an enduring fascination with biblical texts and motifs; and offering topical essays on cinema’s treatment of selected biblical themes (e.g., lament, apocalyptic), particular interpretive lenses (e.g., feminist interpretation, queer theory), and windows into biblical reception in a variety of world cinemas (e.g., Indian, Israeli, and Third Cinema). This handbook is intended for scholars of the Bible, religion, and film as well as for a wider general audience.
Categories: Religion

Culture and Technology

Culture and Technology

Alien Zone London: Verso Bukatman, Scott (1993) Terminal Identity: the Virtual Subject in Postmodern Science Fiction Durham, NC: Duke University Press Bukatman, Scott (1997) Blade Runner London: BFI Cameron, Andy (1991) 'Introduction' ...

Author: Andrew Murphie

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781137089380

Category: Social Science

Page: 229

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We are 'going virtual' in more and more areas of our lives - from shopping to education, filing systems to love affairs. How can we assess the relationship between technology and culture when culture is so imbued with technology? This clear, concise and readable text aims to offer the student a one-stop guide through this complex and slippery terrain. Introducing a wealth of theoretical perspectives in a lucid and engaging style and covering a range of topical, challenging and intriguing examples - from cyborgs to digital art - it will be an essential text for everyone wanting to make sense of crucial forces of change on contemporary culture.
Categories: Social Science

Blade Runner

Blade Runner

Alien Zone, London: Verso, 1990 Bukatman, Scott, Blade Runner, London: BFI Publishing, 1997 Desser, David, 'Race, Space and Class: The Politics of Cityscapes in Science-Fiction Films', in Kuhn, Annette (ed.), Alien Zone II, London: ...

Author: Sean Redmond

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9781911325109

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 100

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Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner is now widely recognized as an undisputed masterwork of science fiction cinema and one of the most influential films released in the last forty years. Yet on its original release it was both a critical and commercial failure, criticized for its perceived prioritizing of style over content and a narrative that did not deliver the anticipated high octane action that its star casting and large budget normally promise. How did a film that was removed from circulation within a month of its premiere come to mean so much to modern audiences and provide such a rich seam of material for film and media studies? Sean Redmond excavates the many significances of the film – its breakthrough use of special effects as a narrative tool; its revolutionary representation of the future city; its treatment of racial and sexual politics; and its unique status as a text whose meaning was fundamentally altered in its re-released Director’s Cut form, then further revised in a Final Cut in 2007, and what this means in an institutional context. This volume was previously published as Studying Blade Runner in 2008.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction

The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction

“The Artificial Infinite: On Special Effects and the Sublime” in Alien Zone II: The Spaces of Science Fiction Cinema, ed. Annette Kuhn. London: Verso, 1999: 249–275. ———. Terminal Identity: The Virtual Subject in Postmodern Science ...

Author: Istvan Csicsery-Ronay

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 9780819571526

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 225

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This major critical work from one of the preeminent voices in science fiction scholarship reframes the genre as a way of understanding today’s world. As the application of technoscience increasingly transforms every aspect of life, science fiction has become an essential mode of imagining the horizons of possibility. Though the broad scope of science fiction may vary in artistic quality and sophistication, it shares a desire to imagine a collective future for the human species and the world. A strikingly high proportion of today’s films, commercial art, popular music, video games, and non-genre fiction are what Csicsery-Ronay calls “science fictional” —stimulating science-fictional habits of mind. We no longer treat science fiction as merely a genre-engine producing formulaic effects, but as a mode of awareness, which frames experiences as if they were aspects of science fiction. The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction describes science fiction as a constellation of seven diverse cognitive attractions that are particularly formative of science-fictionality. These are the “seven beauties” of the title: fictive neology, fictive novums, future history, imaginary science, the science-fictional sublime, the science-fictional grotesque, and the Technologiade, or the epic of technoscience’s development into a global regime.
Categories: Literary Criticism