Friday, June 27, 2014

Susan's Imagination

In "Imagination of Disaster" by Susan Sontag, Sontag talks about science fiction. She begins with telling us how science fiction either brings out the good and/or bad in us. She talks about how certain things are so unrealistic and unthinkable in the sense of imagination. Throughout her essay, Sontag breaks down certain elements of science fiction films (a little on novels, too) and compared the black and white, low budget films to the technicolor, wide-screen, high budget films. She also mentions and compares the story line of technicolor films and black and white films. She also compares science fiction to horror films, saying that "But in science fiction films, unlike horror films, there is not much horror." In the end, Sontag talks about how science fiction increases our anxiety and that the films are merely a sample of "most people's response to the unassimilable terrors that's infect their consciousness."


Response to #4:
The contemporary science fiction movie I chose was The Dark Knight. I chose this because it was the first thing I thought of that would be able to be analyzed according to what Sontag says is the five phases of the movie. I do believe the film goes with those five phases except the last phase which talks about there being a conference and them trying to figure out the opponent's weakness. I don't think it followed this phase because Batman was not working with the police to defeat the villain. Also, Batman is a little more realistic than other science fiction films where a lot of things that occur in the film are, in fact, thinkable. 

1 comment:

  1. Your summary's a little short. What phases are you talking about?

    Also, I'm not sure I see how The Dark Knight is a sci-fi film :-/ I could MAYBE see the 3rd film as a disaster movie, but even that feels like a stretch...

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