AS Film StudiesAmercian Cinema: Comparison of two Sci-Fi films
The exam question will ask you to comment on the MACROaspects of the two films you have studied. MACRO aspects: • Narrative • Genre • Themes • Issues The examiner wants you to compare and contrast the twofilms studied in class.
Sci-Fi Mood BoardProduce a mood board collage of Sci-Fi filmposters from the 1950s and more recent Sci-Fifilm posters.What themes and issues do your selectedfilms deal with? Are there any similaritiesbetween your chosen films? Are there anydifferences?Would you say that Sci-Fi films have changedwith the times? Give reasons for your answer
Major themes in sci-fi films Major themes: • Science; • Social concerns; • Technology; • Rationality; • Politics and Ideology; • Humanity versus science; • Utopia and dystopia; • The futureWhich themes do you think are found in Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Invasion?
Mainstream sci-fi films have dealt with lots offears and concerns within society. Although it is a very formulaic genre (many ofthe narrative themes are repeated); it hasproved flexible and popular enough to embodydifferent fears at different times.
What fears do you think Invasion of the BodySnatchers and The Invasion deal with?You can think of explicit fears (those that are obviousin the film); and implicit fears (the wider societalfears the film might be dealing with).Produce a table of ideas: FILM EXPLICIT FEARS IMPLICIT FEARS Invasion of the Body Snatchers The Invasion
Sci-fi has been very good at including differentgenres; lots of recent sci-fi films rely heavilyon action/adventure films; other sci-fi filmshave horror, zombie and thriller elements;Films that mix more than one genre are knownas film ‘hybrids’. They are blockbusters with A list stars and lotsof special effects; What started as low-budget B-movies havegrown into multimillion dollar film franchiseswith merchandising and video games.