Exploding spaces : present and future urban spaces cinematically considered

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Marx, Lesley en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Rijsdijk, Ian-Malcolm en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-03-17T12:43:19Z
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dc.date.issued 1998 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Rijsdijk, I. 1998. Exploding spaces : present and future urban spaces cinematically considered. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17955
dc.description Summary in English. en_ZA
dc.description Bibliography: pages 148-152. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This study seeks to understand the visual dynamics of contemporary science fiction cities in film by exploring a number of diverse architectural and cinematic influences. The argument is initiated through a consideration of utopianism and science fiction, before moving onto specific architectural analysis focused on utopian plans from the modernist period, and the growth of New York during the 1920s. Through a brief reading of German Expressionist Cinema in Chapter 3, the spatial and architectural groundwork is laid for the analysis of several films in Chapters 4-6: Disclosure, Blade Runner, Selen, The Devil's Advocate, 12 Monkeys and The Fifth Element. (While not all the films would be considered as science fiction, those non-science fiction films offer provocative readings of the city as a whole). Within the discussion of these films, the paradigmatic nature of New York and Los Angeles is also analyzed. The author finds that the central thesis holds, though discussion of other contemporary films not dealt with here could produce an alternative interpretation. Specifically, the work of Edward Soja and Michel Foucault provide fruitful lines of examination through an engagement with the spatiality of postmodernism, though postmodernism is not analyzed in itself. The dissertation aims to have current application, in terms of the recent release of some of the films, but is also written with the aim of future expansion, stressing the design aspect of contemporary film. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Literary Studies en_ZA
dc.title Exploding spaces : present and future urban spaces cinematically considered en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Centre for Film and Media Studies en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MLitt en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Rijsdijk, I. (1998). <i>Exploding spaces : present and future urban spaces cinematically considered</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Film and Media Studies. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17955 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Rijsdijk, Ian-Malcolm. <i>"Exploding spaces : present and future urban spaces cinematically considered."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Film and Media Studies, 1998. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17955 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Rijsdijk I. Exploding spaces : present and future urban spaces cinematically considered. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Film and Media Studies, 1998 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17955 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Rijsdijk, Ian-Malcolm AB - This study seeks to understand the visual dynamics of contemporary science fiction cities in film by exploring a number of diverse architectural and cinematic influences. The argument is initiated through a consideration of utopianism and science fiction, before moving onto specific architectural analysis focused on utopian plans from the modernist period, and the growth of New York during the 1920s. Through a brief reading of German Expressionist Cinema in Chapter 3, the spatial and architectural groundwork is laid for the analysis of several films in Chapters 4-6: Disclosure, Blade Runner, Selen, The Devil's Advocate, 12 Monkeys and The Fifth Element. (While not all the films would be considered as science fiction, those non-science fiction films offer provocative readings of the city as a whole). Within the discussion of these films, the paradigmatic nature of New York and Los Angeles is also analyzed. The author finds that the central thesis holds, though discussion of other contemporary films not dealt with here could produce an alternative interpretation. Specifically, the work of Edward Soja and Michel Foucault provide fruitful lines of examination through an engagement with the spatiality of postmodernism, though postmodernism is not analyzed in itself. The dissertation aims to have current application, in terms of the recent release of some of the films, but is also written with the aim of future expansion, stressing the design aspect of contemporary film. DA - 1998 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 1998 T1 - Exploding spaces : present and future urban spaces cinematically considered TI - Exploding spaces : present and future urban spaces cinematically considered UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/17955 ER - en_ZA


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