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Praying for the End of the World: The Past, Present, and Future of Christian Apocalyptic Media

in Shaking the World for Jesus: Media and Conservative Evangelical Culture

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226326795
eISBN:
9780226326801
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226326801.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The apocalyptic films discussed in this chapter draw on science fiction and horror film conventions, but their producers contend that they are simply using drama to show something that will really ... More


The End of the World

Guy Westwell

in Parallel Lines: Post-9/11 American Cinema

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231172035
eISBN:
9780231850728
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172035.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the indirect address of 9/11 through films that depict the end of the world. It argues that the diverse cycle of films appearing from the mid-2000s, including War of the Worlds, ... 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


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


The Master Filmmakers

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/9780814753248.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter looks at how World Wide Pictures and Gateway reached beyond the evangelical ghettos. The two organizations set out to bring evangelistic and historical films to churches; each was ... More


Base but See It

Martyn Conterio

in Mad Max

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9781911325864
eISBN:
9781800342453
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325864.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This introductory chapter provides an overview of George Miller's Mad Max (1979). Mad Max is a freak picture with a fetish for fast-moving machines and the white-knuckle buzz of action cinema. It is ... 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


The Last Man on Earth, or Film as Countdown

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/9780823264803.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter focuses on dates and countdowns in apocalyptic films. Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982) opens with a scrolling text that starts with “Early in the 21st century.” In the exposition that ... 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


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


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


Il n’y a pas de hors-film, or Cinema and Its Cinders

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/9780823264803.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The statement “Il n'y a pas de hors-texte” (“There is nothing outside the text”) appears under Derrida's pen for the first time in 1967 in De la grammatologie. This chapter diverts this statement, ... 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


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


2012, or Pyrotechnics

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/9780823264803.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter focuses on Roland Emmerich's 2012 (2009). It discusses how the continuous scenes of destruction and disintegration seem to point toward something beyond filmic pleasure, toward an ... More


Cloverfield, or The Holocaust of the Date

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/9780823264803.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses the significance of the date in Matt Reeves' Cloverfield (2008). According to Derrida, a date is in effect something that testifies. But it is a witness that can witness only ... More


The Road, or The Language of a Drowned Era

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/9780823264803.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter focuses on the ability of music to step across the apocalypse. Thanks to its power of anamnesis, music can cross over the abyss of the interworlds to transfer and reinstall us with all ... More


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