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Science Fiction Italian Style: Italian science fiction films from 1958-2000

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Italy is not a country generally known for its science fiction cinema. Over the years, however, a number of films belonging to the genre have been made and – while there might not be a single, defining science fiction ‘movement’ as such – they make for a curious, compellingly disparate whole. From critically acclaimed futuristic satires to cheapjack exploitation films featuring deadly extra-terrestrials; from counterculture polemics set in an imminent dystopia to post-apocalyptic action movies populated by Mohican-sporting thugs. There might be many different types of films, but they all deal with shared themes and concerns. And that’s not even mentioning the giant chickens and flesh-eating fish.

This is the first English language book to deal comprehensively with the subject. Covering all Italian science fiction films made between 1958 and 2000 in detail – as well as including an overview of productions made in subsequent years – it examines a range of interconnected sub-genres, looking into how recurrent narratives came about, evolved and eventually faded. So zip up your space suit, settle back in your anti-gravity seating device… and welcome to the wild, wild world of Science Fiction, Italian Style.


Format: Book

Year: 2019

Publisher: The Wild Eye

Author/Editor: Matt Blake

Pages: 287

Size/Format: Softcover Book (18.9 x 24.6 cm)

Italy is not a country generally known for its science fiction cinema. Over the years, however, a number of films belonging to the genre have been made and – while there might not be a single, defining science fiction ‘movement’ as such – they make for a curious, compellingly disparate whole. From critically acclaimed futuristic satires to cheapjack exploitation films featuring deadly extra-terrestrials; from counterculture polemics set in an imminent dystopia to post-apocalyptic action movies populated by Mohican-sporting thugs. There might be many different types of films, but they all deal with shared themes and concerns. And that’s not even mentioning the giant chickens and flesh-eating fish.

This is the first English language book to deal comprehensively with the subject. Covering all Italian science fiction films made between 1958 and 2000 in detail – as well as including an overview of productions made in subsequent years – it examines a range of interconnected sub-genres, looking into how recurrent narratives came about, evolved and eventually faded. So zip up your space suit, settle back in your anti-gravity seating device… and welcome to the wild, wild world of Science Fiction, Italian Style.

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