New on our bookshelf today:
Martian Pictures: Analyzing the Cinema of the Red Planet
O’Brien Stanley, Nicki L. Michalski, Lane “Doc” Roth, Steven J. Zani
Mars has long served as a blank canvas for illustrating society’s aspirations and anxieties—a science fiction setting for exploring our “future history.” Covering a wide array of films from Soviet propaganda to Hollywood blockbusters, the authors examine a range of themes and concepts in motion pictures about Mars—attitudes about women, fear of government, environmental issues—and how these depictions changed over time. A complete filmography provides a concise summary of each film discussed.