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Martian Pictures: Analyzing the Cinema of the Red Planet.


Martian Pictures: Analyzing the Cinema of the Red Planet

O'Brien Stanley, Nicki L. Michalski, Lane "Doc" Roth, and Steven J. Zani



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The authors investigate science fiction films related to Mars in terms of exploration, Martian invasions, and Mars society. In the first section, they discuss films that focus on human exploration of Mars and parallels to combat films, deviant leaders in expeditions to Mars, and the roles of NASA-like organizations in missions to Mars, followed by essays on Martian invasion films, including different film versions of The War of the Worlds; the plot to sabotage earth in Mars-related serial films from the 1940s and early 1950s, including Zombies of the Stratosphere; and the mythic structure of Prometheus and its relationship to other films, such as Red Planet and Mission to Mars. The final section examines the portrayal of women; the evolution of politically-based interactions between human and Martian societies; climate change, the exploitation of earth, and MarsAE portrayal as refuge and resource; how Mars has been used to explore the topic of religion; film versions of Total Recall; comedic films; and The Martian and survivalism and oprepping.o Included is a filmography, with summaries of each film and citation information. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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