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Monsters From the Id [electronic resource]: Anxiety and Optimism in 1950s Science Fiction

Connell Creations (Firm)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
It was the era of McCarthyism, the Korean War, and nightmares of nuclear oblivion-but, as this documentary illustrates, the 1950s also witnessed a surge of optimism and confidence in America that figured prominently in the period's science fiction cinema. Interweaving clips from over thirty classic movies, the film describes the emergence of a distinctly 20th-century archetype, the Modern Scientist, which emboldened an uncertain nation to face new challenges head-on. Chief among these was the 1957 launch of Sputnik, a principal catalyst in the international space race and a paradigm shift in the way Americans imagined space travel. Commentary on the decade's scientific and sociological transformation-and on America's shortcomings in science and technology today-comes from Homer Hickam, retired NASA engineer and inspiration for the 1999 movie October Sky; Dr. Patrick Lucanio, author of Smokin' Rockets: The Romance of Technology in Film, Radio, and Television in the 1950s; film critic and sci-fi expert Richard Scheib; and others.
Release Date
2009
Run Time
52 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Rating
9 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on February 10, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Anxiety and Optimism in 1950s Science Fiction
Contents
  • Cinema as Exploration of Cultural Fears (2:15)
  • Science Fiction's 1950s Rise to Popularity (2:34)
  • Anxiety Over Atomic Energy & Monster Movies (3:22)
  • Blending Science with Fiction in Film (1:31)
  • Teaching Science Creatively for Widespread Appeal (5:01)
  • Child & Scientist Archetypes in 1950s Science Fiction (3:09)
  • Domestication of Scientists in Cinema (1:51)
  • Television as Space Program Propaganda (2:38)
  • Monsters from the Subconscious (3:33)
  • Homer Hickam: Sputnik as a Turning Point (3:07)
  • Homer Hickam: Amateur Rockets & Boyhood Dreams (1:53)
  • Sputnik, Space, & Science: Inspiring 1950s Youth (1:25)
  • Dr. Wernher Von Braun & Scientist Role Models (2:18)
  • President Kennedy's Idealism & Space Aspirations (2:25)
  • Kennedy's Assassination & End of Optimistic Era (1:14)
  • Potential for Revival of 1950s Scientific Zeitgeist (3:09)
  • Private Industry & Space Exploration Today (3:05)
  • Students' Disinterest in Science & Its Impact on Nation's Future (1:18)
  • Advantages of Space Exploration (1:21)
  • Nostalgia for 1950s Aspirations & Curiosity (3:53)
  • Credits: Monsters from the Id: Anxiety and Optimism in 1950s Science Fiction (0:37)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2013], c2009.
Publisher no.
50573 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
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Description
1 streaming video file (52 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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