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Overview of some of the key points for the Sci-fi unit

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  1. 1. AS Film Studies Amercian Cinema: Comparison of two Sci-Fi films
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  4. 4. <ul><li>The exam question will ask you to comment on the MACRO aspects of the two films you have studied. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>MACRO aspects: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Narrative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Genre </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Themes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Issues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The examiner wants you to compare and contrast the two Sci-fi films studied in class. </li></ul>
  5. 5. First things first:   Do you have a good definition of a sci-fi film? Do you know the names of some of the early sci-fi films? Do you know the names of some of the most famous sci-fi authors?   If the answer is NO; check out the blog:   www.sciencefictionfilm.blogspot.com    
  6. 6. <ul><li>Do you know some of the major themes in sci-fi films? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Major themes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  Science; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social concerns; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rationality; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Politics and Ideology; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humanity versus science; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Utopia and dystopia; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The future </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Mainstream sci-fi films have dealt with lots of fears and concerns within society.   Although it is a very formulaic genre (many of the narrative themes are repeated); it has proved flexible and popular enough to embody different fears at different times.   The fears in Invasion of the Body Snatchers are not the same as those in The Invasion ; however they are both sci-fi.
  8. 8. Do you know the fears in Invasion of the Body Snatchers?               Do you know the fears in The Invasion?
  9. 9. Sci-fi has also been very good at including different genres; lots of recent sci-fi films rely heavily on action/adventure films; other sci-fi films have horror, zombie and thriller elements; a mix of more than one genre is a hybrid;   They are blockbusters with A list stars and lots of special effects;   What started as low-budget B-movies have grown into multimillion dollar film franchises with merchandising and video games.

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