100 Science Fiction Films

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  • Copyright: 2013-07-12
  • Publisher: British Film Institute

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Since its explosion in the 1950s, science fiction has become one of the most popular film genres, with numerous dedicated fan conventions, academic conferences, websites, magazines, journals, book clubs, memorabilia and collectibles. Once relegated to B budget status, today's science fiction films are often blockbuster productions, featuring major stars.

Despite its high profile, science fiction is notoriously difficult to define. In his introduction to 100 Science Fiction Films, Barry Keith Grant explains the genre's complexities, while also providing an overview of its history, suggesting that the cinema is an ideal medium for conveying the 'sense of wonder' that critics have argued is central to the genre. From Georges Méliès's Le Voyage
dans la lune
(1902), to the blockbusters of the 1970s that dramatically changed Hollywood, to the major releases of the past few years, the films featured in this book represent a range of periods, countries and types (including alien invasion, space travel, time travel, apocalypse, monsters and anime), and cover the key directors and writers.

100 Science Fiction Films provides a lively and illuminating guide to the genre from the beginning of film history to the present, taking the reader on a comprehensive tour through the rich and varied alternate universe of sci-fi cinema.

Author Biography

Barry Keith Grant is a Professor of Popular Culture and Film at Brock University, St. Catherine's, ON, Canada. He is an Elected Fellow at the Royal Society of Canada, a recipient of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Distinguished Academic Award, and the annual Pedagogy Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS). Previous publications include The Musical Film (Blackwell, forthcoming), Shadows of Doubt: Negotiations of Masculinity in American Genre Films (Wayne State University Press, forthcoming), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (BFI, 2010), with Jim Hillier, 100 Documentary Films (BFI, 2009), and Film Genre: From Iconography to Ideology (Wallflower Press, 2007).

Table of Contents

1. Aelita
2. Alien
3. Alphaville
4. Altered States
5. Avatar
6. Back to the Future
7. The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
8. Blade Runner
9. Born in Flames
10. A Boy and his Dog
11. Brazil
12. The Brother From Another Planet
13. The Cabin in the Woods
14. A Clockwork Orange
15. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
16. Colossus: The Forbin Project
17. The Damned
18. Dark City
19. Dark Star
20. The Day the Earth Stood Still
21. Destination Moon
22. District 9
23. Dune
24. Enemy Mine
25. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
26. Fahrenheit 451
27. Fantastic Voyage
28. The Fifth Element
29. Flash Gordon (serial)
30. The Fly
31. Forbidden Planet
32. Frankenstein
33. Frau im mond (Woman in the Moon)
34. Galaxy Quest
35. Ghost in the Shell
36. Gojira (Godzilla)
37. The Host
38. The Incredible Shrinking Man
39. I Am Legend
40. Invaders From Mars
41. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
42. The Invisible Man
43. Island of Lost Souls
44. La Jetée
45. Jurassic Park
46. Just Imagine
47. Last Night
48. Liquid Sky
49. Mad Max
50. The Man Who Fell to Earth
51. Mars Attacks!
52. The Matrix
53. Metropolis
54. Nineteen Eighty-Four
55. Paris qui dort
56. Plan 9 From Outer Space
57. Planet of the Apes
58. Quatermass and the Pit
59. The Quiet Earth
60. The Road
61. Robocop
62. Seconds
63. Signs
64. Silent Running
65. The Silent Star
66. Slaughterhouse-Five
67. Sleep Dealer
68. Sleeper
69. Solaris
70. Soylent Green
71. Star Trek: The Motion Picture
72. Star Wars
73. Starship Troopers
74. Strange Days
75. Superman
76. The Terminator
77. Tetsuo: The Iron Man
78. Them!
79. They Live
80. The Thing From Another World
81. The Thing
82. Things to Come
83. THX 1138
84. The Time Machine
85. Total Recall
86. Tribulation 99: Alien Anomolies Under America
87. Tron
88. The Tunnel
89. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
90. 2001: A Space Odyssey
91. Videodrome
92. Village of the Damned
93. Le Voyage dans lune
94. WALL-E
95. The War Game
96. The War of the Worlds
97. Westworld
98. When Worlds Collide
99. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
100. Zardoz
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