Monday, October 21, 2013

Relation to the disaster is no longer innocent...

   In the article "The Imagination of Disaster," Susan Sontag writes about movies being less about science but about disasters. Sontag reveals "devices that give movies their shape, their meaning and their cultural reasonance" (316). Author states that we live under "continual threat of unremitting banality and inconceivable terror"(316). The reason why we like to watch sic-fi movies is because it's "an escape into exotic dangerous situations which have last-minute happy endings" (316). Susan Sontag uses a Superman as an example of similar ideas in science fiction movies with an important difference in it. "The old science fiction films and most of the comics, still have an essentially innocent relation to disaster" (323). Many of this versions of films offer an invulnerable hero that has to save the world using his superpowers against the evil. Author also says that modern historical reality extended and exaggerated the imagination of disaster and that the relation to the disaster is no longer innocent.
   Superman which Sontag used as the example in her article is a fictional character of 1930's. A superhero first appeared in comic books and later on was widely used in American pop culture. Superman's story has been filmed in many versions like "superman," "superman returns" and the most recent one "the man of steel." Superman original story tells about a child that was born on the planet Krypton before it destroys, he escapes on the rocket to Earth. The rocket crash-landed in Kansas, where he was found and raised by Kent family as Clark. As a child he gains his superpowers, graduates college majoring in journalism and gets a reporting job at Daily Planet. Where he meets Lois Lane and falls in love with her. Through out his story he fights evil on behalf of good and as all the stores usually have a happy ending at the end, this one does too. But what Sontag was trying to say is that nowadays the disaster is exaggerated more than before. And that the relation is no longer innocent, people want to see the disasters in movies, that is our escape into dangerous situations!

1 comment:

  1. Late!

    There's some good ideas here, Mariya, but you're not looking at Superman as a reference. Why does Sontag bring him up? Which version is she likely referring to given that her article was written in the 60s? Hint: none of the movie versions you mention ;-)

    Most importantly, does Superman help support Sontag's claim?