Invasions Usa: The Essential Science Fiction Films Of The 1950s by Michael BlissInvasions Usa: The Essential Science Fiction Films Of The 1950s by Michael Bliss

Invasions Usa: The Essential Science Fiction Films Of The 1950s

byMichael Bliss

Hardcover | July 30, 2014

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Of the twenty or so science fiction films produced in America during the 1950s, there is a fascinating subset of nine films that do more than portray an invasion. These films use the invasions as metaphors for assaults against the integrity of various things such as the self, marriage, and notions involving the supremacy of the human race. Combining both appreciation and critical analyses, this book studies the following films: The Day the Earth Stood Still, I Married a Monster from Outer Space, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Invaders from Mars, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, It Came from Outer Space, Kronos, The Thing from Another World, and War of the Worlds.
Michael Bliss teaches English and film criticism at Virginia Tech. He is the author of many articles and books, including Dreams within a Dream: The Films of Peter Weir (2000), Between the Bullets: The Spiritual Cinema of John Woo (2002), and Peckinpah Today (2012).
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Title:Invasions Usa: The Essential Science Fiction Films Of The 1950sFormat:HardcoverDimensions:188 pages, 9.3 × 6.39 × 0.73 inPublished:July 30, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1442236515

ISBN - 13:9781442236516

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Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter One: Sleepwalking: Invaders from MarsChapter Two: His Little Town: Invasion of the Body SnatchersChapter Three: Ecce Humanitas: The Day the Earth Stood StillChapter Four: We Don't Like Your Kind Here: It Came from Outer SpaceChapter Five: Welcome to My Nightmare: I Married a Monster from Outer SpaceChapter Six: Two Aliens from Inner Space: Kronos and The Thing from Another WorldChapter Seven: Invading from Space and Slouching into It: When Worlds Collide, The War of the Worlds, Conquest of SpaceChapter Eight: Spiritual Enhancement: The Incredible Shrinking ManBibliographyFilmographyIndexAbout the Author

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Throughout the decade [of the 1950s] there were almost 200 science-fiction films made, some of which could be read as analogies of communist brain washing, a particularly divisive subject at the time of McCarthyism. In his book, Invasions USA: The Essential Science Fiction Films of the 1950s, author Michael Bliss rejects the often held notion that these films were propaganda tools dealing with American anxieties but rather focuses on sexual politics in such cult films as the colorfully titled I Married a Monster From Outer Space (1958) or about alienation (pardon the pun) in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). . . .The book is a quick and easy read that rarely diverts from its subject.