Film and Television, 1960–1980

Authored by: Peter Wright

The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction

Print publication date:  January  2009
Online publication date:  March  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415453783
eBook ISBN: 9780203871317
Adobe ISBN: 9781135228361


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Between 1960 and 1980, screen sf achieved a remarkable diversity, particularly in America, Britain, and Europe. Nevertheless, it remained socioculturally embedded, offering reflections both on and of its contexts. For such a reflective form, two turbulent decades of varying political and cultural tensions and changes in film and television consumption provided a rich set of stimuli. It would be misleading to argue, however, that screen sf was transformed in 1960; many of the themes and tropes found in 1950s productions influenced subsequent narratives.

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