Science fiction films of the 1950s illustrated the complexities of Cold War America following World War II. While many view the culture of the 1950s as characterized by conformity, paranoia, and anti-communism, science fiction films present a more complicated narrative of that period. By analyzing science fiction films throughout the 1950s, this study identifies the ways that science fiction filmmakers and audiences responded to the various Cold War threats of nuclear weapons, conformity, and communism. These three threats characterized the culture of the 1950s, and through science fiction films, filmmakers were able to present narratives that both reinforced and subverted social norms of the 1950s.
Sharber, Meg, "Cold War Hopes and Fears: Science Fiction Film in the Fifties" (2015). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 6756.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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