The apocalypse in film : dystopias, disasters, and other visions about the end of the world / edited by Karen A. Ritzenhoff, Angela Krewani.

Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
xxii, 231 pages : illustrated ; 23 cm.

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Science fiction films -- History and criticism.
Apocalypse in motion pictures.
Science fiction films.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
The Apocalypse in Film: Dystopias, Disasters, and Other Visions about the End of the World offers an overview of Armageddon in film from the silent era to the present. This collection of essays discusses how such films reflect social anxieties--ones that are linked to economic, ecological, and cultural factors. Featuring a broad spectrum of international scholars specializing in different historical genres and methodologies, these essays look at a number of films, including the silent classic The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the black comedy Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, the Mayan calendar disaster epic, 2012, and in particular, Lars Von Trier's Melancholia, the focus of several essays. As some filmmakers translate the anxiety about a changing global climate and geo-political relations into visions of the apocalypse, others articulate worries about the planet's future by depicting chemical warfare, environmental disasters, or human made destruction. This book analyzes the emergence of apocalyptic and dystopic narratives and explores the political and social situations on which these films are based. Contributing to the dialogue on dystopic culture in war and peace, The Apocalypse in Film will be of interest to scholars in film and media studies, border studies, gender studies, sociology, and political science.--Publisher website.
Introduction / Karen A. Ritzenhoff and Angela Krewani
THE EARLY DEPICTIONS OF DISASTER. World War One and Hollywood's first modern Armageddon : understanding wartime and post-conflict representations of a global cataclysm in Civilization (1916) and The four horsemen of the apocalypse (1921) / Clémentine Tholas-Disset
The end of the world : loss and redemption in Four horsemen of the apocalypse / Karen Randell
GLOBAL DEMISE AND COLD WAR. "Radiation's rising, but one mustn't grumble too much" : nuclear apocalypse played as farce in Richard Lester's The bed-sitting room / Thomas Prasch
The legacy of Dr. Strangelove : Stanley Kubrick, science fiction blockbusters and the future of humanity / Peter Krämer
"Gentleman, you can't fight in here" : gender symbolism and the end of the world in Dr. Strangelove and Melancholia / Catriona Mcavoy
MELANCHOLIA AND OTHER REPRESENTATIONS OF THE APOCALYSPE. Is there an end to it? : fictional shelters and shelter-fiction / Solvejg Nitzke
Melancholia and the apocalypse within / Pierre Floquet
Eco apocalypse : environmentalism, political alienation and therapeutic agency / Philip Hammond and Hugh Ortega Breton
POLOITICS OF SHOWING THE UNTHINKABLE. Disaster films : the end of the world and the risk society hero / Frederick Wasser
The (gender) politics of disaster in 2012 / Charles Antoine Courcoux
Tarkovsky's The sacrifice : a religious humanist apocalypse / Tatjana Ljujić
Dead narratives : defining humanity through stories / A. Fiona Pearson and Scott Ellis
MOVING BEYOND THE END OF THE WORLD. Opposing Thatcherism : filmic apocalypse as a political strategy in 1980s Britain / Angela Krewani
Painting in time : on the use of digital visual effects in Melancholia / Andreas Kirchner
The corporate and corporeal : min(d)ing the body : conscience and consumption in early 21st century Hollywood dystopia / Wendy Sterba.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Ritzenhoff, Karen A., editor.
Krewani, Angela, editor.