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Course Description

The science-fiction film genre dates back to silent movies of the early 20th century, including films based on classic literary works by Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. By the 1950s, movie screens were filled with alien invasions, atomic disasters, time and space travel, paranormal activity and future societies both utopian and dystopian. This course will highlight some of the most innovative (Metropolis, The Day the Earth Stood Still, 2001: A Space Odyssey) and popular (Star Wars, The Matrix) sci-fi movies of all time. We’examin how these films reflect the fears of their time —  from Cold War anxiety to futurist technology and global pandemic. We'll also see how sci-fi films express humanity's noblest dreams, including intergalactic exploration and universal peace. Lecture (plus Questions); Facilitated Discussion; Listening to Music or Other Audio; Viewing Videos.
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