By J. P. Telotte
Technology fiction movies have fun and critique the impression of a burgeoning know-how at the world's cultural, political, and social milieu.
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Telotte Page iv Wesleyan University Press Published by University Press of New England Hanover, NH 03755 � 1999 by J. P. Telotte All rights reserved Printed in the United States of American 5 4 3 2 1 CIP data appear at the end of the book Page v Contents List of Illustrations vii Acknowledgments ix 1 Introduction: Technology and Distance 1 2 Revolution as Technology: Soviet Science Fiction Film 28 3 The Picture of Distance: German Science Fiction Film 47 4 A Remote Power: French Science Fiction Film 72 5 A Cinema of Spectacle: American Science Fiction Film 98 6 A Monumental Event: British Science Fiction Film 139 7 "I Have Seen the Future": The New York World's Fair as Science Fiction 162 8 Conclusion 183 Notes 189 Filmography 201 Bibliography 205 Index 211 Page vii Illustrations 1.
He thinks in a very simple cause-and-effect, linear, train-like way, and he acts accordingly. And yet a troubling undercurrent always threatens that characterization. In her discussion of the Machine Age in America, Cecelia Tichi describes a key shift that occurs in the era. While in the nineteenth century, she suggests, "machine technology, like the forces of nature," often came to represent instability, to suggest "horrific, destabilizing energies loosed in the universe," "chaotic natural energies" against which the individual seemed practically helpless (52, 53), with the coming of the Machine Age those same images were often transformed into ones of stability and efficiency, typically linked to the machine itself.
Seduction in a Constructivist Context: Aelita 41 7. Aelita Performs Under the Stern Eye of her Husband 43 8. Metropolis and the Setback Skyscraper Style 50 9. The Scientist and the Robot of Metropolis 55 10. The Workers of Metropolis Revolt 56 11. The Robotic Maria in Metropolis 57 12. The Space Explorers in Die Frau im Mond 60 13. The Rocket Launch in Die Frau im Mond 62 14. P. 1: Coping with Sabotage 69 15. Paris Qui Dort: The Carefree but Precarious Life of Distance and Detachment 80 16. The Eiffel Tower as a Measure of Distance in Paris Qui Dort 85 17.
A Distant Technology: Science Fiction Film and the Machine Age by J. P. Telotte