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The found-footage science fiction film: five films by Craig Baldwin, Werner Herzog, and Patrick Keiller

Luckhurst, Roger (2008) The found-footage science fiction film: five films by Craig Baldwin, Werner Herzog, and Patrick Keiller. Science Fiction Film & Television 1 (2), pp. 193-214. ISSN 1754-3770.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3828/sfftv.1.2.1

Abstract

This essay explores a body of films that has emerged relatively recently and can be loosely grouped under the rubric of found-footage sf. They include Craig Baldwin's Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies under America and Spectres of the Spectrum, Jonathan Weiss's The Atrocity Exhibition, Werner Herzog's The Wild Blue Yonder: A Science Fiction Fantasy and Patrick Keiller's film that has appeared in various forms, from interactive DVD to multi-screen installation, The City of the Future. These cannot be said to constitute a self-conscious or even coherent sub-genre, since these works derive from diverse political, aesthetic and cinematic traditions. Nevertheless, the emergence of this cluster is striking enough to demand some commentary: it approaches a genuinely new form of sf cinema. This study therefore concurs with Brooks Landon's view that sf cinema broke its bonds in the 1980s and developed diverse, post-traditional forms that now need to be mapped.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > English and Humanities
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2010 11:26
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:19
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2659

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