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THE APOSTOLES OF INTERGALACTIC RELIGIOCITY. MOTIF OF SPACE CONTACT IN NEW HOLLYWOOD CINEMA

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Author(s): Sebastian Jakub Konefal

Journal: Studia Humanistyczne AGH
ISSN 1732-2189

Volume: 9;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 85;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: New Age Movements | science fiction | cinema | film | counterculture

ABSTRACT
American science fiction cinema of the 1970s began To employ eclectically presented references to eclectic views on religious topics. Films directed by artists such as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas offered viewers the stories influenced by the Christian and Buddhist symbolism as well as selected theses of the New Age Movements. The authors wanted to create in their productions new religiousness patterns, derived from the writings of some leading figures of the counterculture, such as Herbert Marcuse, Charles Reich, and Theodore Roszak. For this purpose they processed some storylines from science fiction novels and mass culture. This strategy was continued in the 1980s and first half of the 1990s, however the productions from this period showed a radicalization of the educational-ideological context which was associated with the conservative policy of the USA during this period. The end of the 1990s and the first decade of the twenty-first century is a period of erosion the New Age optimism of science fiction cinema. The growing popularity of plots with catastrophic and dystopian visions of the future indicates that religious topic in contemporary cinema fulfills different functions.
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