101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die

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9780764141256: 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die

From the classic, low-budget Flash Gordon Saturday matinee serials of the 1930s and ’40s to mammoth blockbusters like Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey, filmdom’s most imaginative contributions to science fiction are vividly recaptured in this compelling book. With intriguing insights from film critics and a wealth of factual details from historians and academics, general editor Stephen Jay Schneider has brought together the data, the drama, and the passions that have inspired movies about time travel, close encounters, distant planets, extraterrestrial monsters, alien invasions, and the many other story ingredients that enliven science fiction films. Plot summaries, cast and credit listings, and 200 dramatic illustrations recapture unforgettable moments from sci-fi hits that include Alien, The Andromeda Strain, The Empire Strikes Back, The Fly, The Incredible Shrinking Man, Planet of the Apes, Silent Running, The Thing, and many, many others. Illustrations include dramatic still shots from the films and memorable movie posters. Here is a reference volume that belongs on the bookshelf of every film buff and science fiction fan.

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Le Voyage dans la Lune · Metropolis · Back to the Future · Things to Come · The Day the Earth Stood Still · Forbidden Planet · Invasion of the Body Snatchers · The Incredible Shrinking Man · La Jetée · Children of Men · Aelita · Gojira

Alphaville · Planet of the Apes · 2001: A Space Odyssey · It Came From Outer Space · A Clockwork Orange · Solaris · Sleeper · La Planète Sauvage · The Man Who Fell to Earth · Star Wars · Clse Encounters of the Third Kind · Stalker · Alien · The Empire Strikes Back · E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial · The Thing · Blade Runner · Videodrome · Return of the Jedi · The Terminator · Brazil · The Quiet Earth · The Fly · Aliens · Akira · Total Recall · Terminator 2: Judgment · Day · Jurassic Park · Independence Day · Tetsuo · The Matrix · The Fifth Element · Gattaca · Logan's Run · THX 1138 · Abre Los Ojos · Dune · Total Recall · TRON

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Can you tell your Dagobah from you Delos, and your Ming from your Morlock? Do you need help understanding 2001: A Space Odyssey? From the classic low-budget Flash Gordon tales to the slick CGI-realized world of The Matrix, science-fiction films have long pushed at the boundaries of the visually and dramatically fantastic. 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die is your perfect one-stop guide to them all.

Science fiction allows every other movie genre to leap--quite literally--into another dimension. Take a classic cop chase and set it on Mars. Create a haunted house story, then add the robots. Take the classic boy-meets-girl story, then make them mutants. Great sci-fi movies turn the known world on its head, play with the laws of physics, and all the while hold the viewer spellbound with a gripping vision of future worlds.

With insight from critics, film historians, and academics, 101 Sci-Fi Movies You Must See Before You Die . offers knowledge, insight, and passion to a century of close encounters, distant planets, time travel, black holes, impossible quests, strange outfits, futuristic technology, inexplicable forces, fantastic spaceships, extraordinary monsters, fluorescent drinks, and subterranean societies. Strap yourself in: you're set for a rocket ride to sci-fi heaven.

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Steven Jay Schneider .is a film critic, scholar, and producer with M.A. degrees in Philosophy and Cinema Studies from Harvard University and New York University respectively. He is editor of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die and 101 Horror Movies You Must See Before You Die, both published by Barron's, as well as the author and editor of many other books on film.

About the Author:

Steven Jay Schneider is a film critic, scholar, and an author and editor of several books on films and filmmaking, including Barron’s 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. He is currently in Hollywood, where he plans to produce movies of his own.

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