The Apocalypse In Film: Dystopias, Disasters, And Other Visions About The End Of The World by Karen A. RitzenhoffThe Apocalypse In Film: Dystopias, Disasters, And Other Visions About The End Of The World by Karen A. Ritzenhoff

The Apocalypse In Film: Dystopias, Disasters, And Other Visions About The End Of The World

EditorKaren A. Ritzenhoff, Angela Krewani

Hardcover | December 30, 2015

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We live in a world at risk. Dire predictions about our future or the demise of planet earth persist. Even fictional representations depict narratives of decay and the end of a commonly shared social reality. Along with recurring Hollywood blockbusters that imagine the end of the world, there has been a new wave of zombie features as well as independent films that offer various visions of the future. 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.
Karen A. Ritzenhoff is professor in the Department of Communication at Central Connecticut State University and is also affiliated with the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. She is the co-editor of Screening the Dark Side of Love: From Euro-Horror to American Cinema (2012) and Selling Sex on Screen: From Weimar Cinema to Zom...
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Title:The Apocalypse In Film: Dystopias, Disasters, And Other Visions About The End Of The WorldFormat:HardcoverDimensions:254 pages, 9.41 × 6.18 × 0.93 inPublished:December 30, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroduction Karen A. Ritzenhoff and Angela Krewani PART I THE EARLY DEPICTIONS OF DISASTERChapter 1 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-DissetChapter 2 The End of the World: Loss and Redemption in Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)Karen RandellPART II GLOBAL DEMISE AND COLD WARChapter 3 'Radiation's rising, but one mustn't grumble too much': Nuclear Apocalypse Played as Farce in Richard Lester's The Bed-Sitting Room (1969) Thomas Prasch Chapter 4 The Legacy of Dr. Strangelove: Stanley Kubrick, Science Fiction Blockbusters and the Future of Humanity Peter KrämerChapter 5 'Gentleman, You Can't Fight in Here': Gender Symbolism and the End of the World in Dr. Strangelove and Melancholia Catriona McAvoyPART III MELANCHOLIA AND OTHER REPRESENTATIONS OF THE APOCALYPSEChapter 6 Is There an End to It? Fictional Shelters and Shelter-FictionSolvejg NitzkeChapter 7 Melancholia and the Apocalypse WithinPierre FloquetChapter 8 Eco Apocalypse: Environmentalism, Political Alienation and Therapeutic Agency Philip Hammond and Hugh Ortega BretonPART IV POLITICS OF SHOWING THE UNTHINKABLEChapter 9 Disaster Films: The End of the World and the Risk Society HeroFrederick WasserChapter 10 The (Gender) Politics of Disaster in 2012 (2009) Charles Antoine CourcouxChapter 11 Tarkovsky's The Sacrifice: A Religious Humanist Apocalypse Tatjana LjujicChapter 12 Dead Narratives: Defining Humanity Through StoriesA. Fiona Pearson and Scott Ellis PART V MOVING BEYOND THE END OF THE WORLDChapter 13 Opposing Thatcherism: Filmic Apocalypse as a Political Strategy in 1980s BritainAngela KrewaniChapter 14 Painting in Time: On the Use of Digital Visual Effects in Melancholia (2011) Andreas KirchnerChapter 15 The Corporate and Corporeal: Min(d)ing the Body-Conscience and Consumption in Early 21st Century Hollywood DystopiaWendy SterbaIndexAbout the Editors and Contributors

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This collection of essays, edited by Karen A. Ritzenhoff and Angela Krewani, accounts for the omnipresence of the apocalypse in English-language cinema, a motif which represents a particularly potent allegory in our globalized world. I was very much impressed by the sheer novelty and range of the in-depth explorations the book offers.