Science Fiction Cinema: Between Fantasy and Reality

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All movies from the Films Cited section in the book Science Fiction Cinema: Between Fantasy and Reality, written by Christine Cornea.

"From E.T. the Extraterrestrial and Back to the Future to Blade Runner and Alien, science fiction films have been achieving blockbuster status for decades. Moreover, some major studio releases, such as Star Wars, The Matrix, and 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as many low-budget films have become etched in film history as international cult classics.
Offering a broad historical and theoretical reassessment of this popular genre, Christine Cornea explores the development of science fiction in cinema from its very beginnings to the present day. Each chapter offers analyses of particular films, situating them within a wider historical/cultural context while also highlighting a specific key thematic issue. Cornea provides vital and unique perspectives on the genre, including discussions of the relevance of psychedelic imagery, race, the "new woman of science," generic performance, and the prevalence of "techno-orientalism" in recent films. Enriching the book are new interviews with some of the main practitioners in the field, such as Roland Emmerich, Paul Verhoeven, Ken Russell, Stan Winston, William Gibson, Brian Aldiss, Joe Morton, Dean Norris, and Billy Gray. While American films are Cornea's main focus, she also engages with a range of pertinent examples from other countries and explains why science fiction lends itself well to transnational reception."

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    The Abyss

    1989, in 2 top lists Check
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    Superman

    1948, in 0 top lists Check
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    Aelita

    1924 — a.k.a. Aelita: Queen of Mars, in 4 top lists Check
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    Akira

    1988, in 20 top lists Check
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    Alexander

    2004, in 0 top lists Check
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    Alien

    1979, in 27 top lists Check
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    Alien: Resurrection

    1997 — a.k.a. Alien 4, in 1 top list Check
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    Alien³

    1992 — a.k.a. Alien 3, in 1 top list Check
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    Alien Nation

    1988, in 0 top lists Check
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    AVP: Alien vs. Predator

    2004, in 0 top lists Check
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    Aliens

    1986, in 20 top lists Check
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    Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution

    1965 — a.k.a. Alphaville, in 14 top lists Check
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    Altered States

    1980, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Andromeda Strain

    1971, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Angry Red Planet

    1959 — a.k.a. Journey to Planet Four, in 1 top list Check
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    Apocalypse Now

    1979, in 36 top lists Check
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    Armageddon

    1998, in 4 top lists Check
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    L'arrivée d'un train à La Ciotat

    1896 — a.k.a. The Arrival of a Train, in 11 top lists Check
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    Artificial Intelligence: AI

    2001, in 11 top lists Check
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    Attack of the Puppet People

    1958 — a.k.a. Six Inches Tall, in 0 top lists Check
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    Back to the Future

    1985, in 23 top lists Check
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    Barbarella

    1968, in 7 top lists Check
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    Batman

    1943, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ben-Hur

    1959, in 23 top lists Check
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    Black Hawk Down

    2001, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Black Hole

    1979, in 0 top lists Check
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    Blade Runner

    1982, in 30 top lists Check
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    Bonnie and Clyde

    1967, in 28 top lists Check
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    A Boy and His Dog

    1975, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Brain Eaters

    1958 — a.k.a. Keepers of the Earth, in 0 top lists Check
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    Brazil

    1985, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Brother from Another Planet

    1984, in 1 top list Check
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    Buck Rogers

    1939, in 0 top lists Check
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    Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

    1920 — a.k.a. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in 27 top lists Check
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    Capricorn One

    1977, in 0 top lists Check
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    Cars

    2006, in 3 top lists Check
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    Chicken Run

    2000, in 7 top lists Check
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    Children of the Damned

    1964, in 0 top lists Check
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    Citizen Kane

    1941, in 36 top lists Check
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    Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    1977, in 22 top lists Check
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    The Countryman and the Cinematograph

    1901 — a.k.a. The Countryman's First Sight of the Animated Pictures, in 1 top list Check
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    Crash

    1996, in 8 top lists Check
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    Creature from the Black Lagoon

    1954, in 1 top list Check
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    The Crying Game

    1992, in 8 top lists Check
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    Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.

    1966 — a.k.a. Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., in 0 top lists Check
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    Dark City

    1998, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Dark Mirror

    1946, in 2 top lists Check
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    Dark Star

    1974, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Day After Tomorrow

    2004, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Day of the Triffids

    1963 — a.k.a. Invasion of the Triffids, in 1 top list Check