Science Fiction Cinema

Science fiction has been a popular genre since the earliest days of cinematic history, when George Méliès produced his classic Trip to the Moon (1902). Inviting reflection on crucial issues, SF film displaces the problems of the world we know to a fantastic or futuristic plane. In doing so, these films critique and comment on established norms, social hierarchies, and power dynamics. Though often derided as a “lesser” genre, SF film confronts some of the most fundamental questions of the human experience—such as the origin of life, our place in the universe, nature, God, and the double-edged sword of technological advancement. This course will emphasize how SF subverts our expectations of the modern world by examining the style and themes of a diverse selection of film from around the world.

Science Fiction Cinema Syllabus