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Mark IV and Apocalyptic Film

Terry Lindvall and Andrew Quicke

in Celluloid Sermons: The Emergence of the Christian Film Industry, 1930-1986

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814753248
eISBN:
9780814765357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814753248.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter focuses on Russ Doughten and Don Thompson, who are credited with developing a whole new genre, the apocalyptic or Christian horror picture. Some of their successful works include Future ... More


Pause, for Inventory (the “Apo”)

Peter Szendy

in Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264803
eISBN:
9780823266845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter begins by discussing how Nietzsche, like Kant, also imagined a scene for the end of the world through glaciation. It then turns to the apocalyptic genre, arguing that the end of a ... More


Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World

Peter Szendy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264803
eISBN:
9780823266845
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Apocalypse-cinema is not only the end of time that has so often been staged as spectacle in films like 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, and Terminator. By looking at blockbusters that play with general ... More


Melancholia, or The After-All

Peter Szendy

in Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264803
eISBN:
9780823266845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter argues that Lars von Trier's Melancholia (2011) is and may perhaps forever be the only rigorously apocalyptic film in the history of cinema. Before Melancholia there were already movies ... More


Watchmen, or The Layering of the Cineworld

Peter Szendy

in Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264803
eISBN:
9780823266845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter examines apocalypse-cinema as that structural moment of the film when it all, after all, strips [s'effeuille]. It considers this stripping or leafing by looking at Zack Snyder's Watchmen ... More


Terminator, or The Arche-Traveling Shot

Peter Szendy

in Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264803
eISBN:
9780823266845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter begins by discussing the interlocking nature of destruction in apocalyptic film. The way in which destruction is propagated on screen, like a wave that goes from thing to thing, shows ... More


The Blob, or The Bubble

Peter Szendy

in Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264803
eISBN:
9780823266845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses how bubble structures—the blob in The Blob (Irvin Yeaworth, 1958), the hologram in Escape from L.A. (John Carpenter, 1996), the submarine in On the Beach (Stanley Kramer, ... More


Sunshine, or The Black-and-White Radiography

Peter Szendy

in Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264803
eISBN:
9780823266845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter considers Danny Boyle's Sunshine (2004) as well as other films where the apocalypse is depicted as white. The moment of radiographic or heliographic blinding is conjugated into all ... More


Twelve Monkeys, or The Pipes of The Apocalypse

Peter Szendy

in Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264803
eISBN:
9780823266845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter examines Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys (1995). It shows that the film generalizes and exploits what we might call the figure of the narratological rewind (and its symmetrical ... More


A.I., or The Freeze

Peter Szendy

in Apocalypse-Cinema: 2012 and Other Ends of the World

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264803
eISBN:
9780823266845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter first considers the cinematic tropes of freezing and an off-screen voice present in The Day After Tomorrow (2004), Sunshine (Danny Boyle, 2004), and Quintet (Robert Altman, 1979). It ... More


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