Science fiction essay two
Through time, British science fiction films and their American/Hollywood counter parts are often literally “Worlds apart” in terms of theme, content and form/style. It’s the different issues surrounding these factors that affect what outcome the science fiction film has.
Science fiction films contain factors that are; “Manifestly about science and scientific possibility- even probability. In fact it commonly proposes the sort of “What if” game in which scientists are typically engaged as they set out designing experiments and conducting research: extrapolating from the known in order to explain the unknown”(Telotte,J, P. 2001, 3). Through history they have had similar themes of utopian worlds, post apocalyptic cities, alien invasions, cyborg’s and many more.
This essay is going to comparatively analyse a British made science fiction film and an American/Hollywood science fiction. The differences between the two will be highlighted and a thesis/thesis’s will be applied to why the differences occur.
The British film is, “Four sided triangle” (1953) directed by Terence Fisher, based on the novel “Four sided triangle” (1949) written by William F, Temple. The American film is, “Invasion of the body snatches” (1956) directed by Don Seigal. These films were chosen because they both apply to the science fiction genre and they were made at roughly the same time (in the 1950’s). Hammer Film productions were the leading British film company that produced Four sided Triangle. The 1950’s was the decade when the company started producing the SF genre films “Science-Fiction was big in the 1950s”(Young, T. 2006). Other British films of this decade include; Devil girl from mars (1954), The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) and Fire Maidens from out of space (1956)
On the other side of the Atlantic it was the famous Hollywood studios that were producing the major films for America. “during the 1950s, Science fiction became one of the most popular genres...