Film studies

John Frankenheimer’s Seconds (1966)

New to Auteur's Constellations series, Seconds explores John Frankenheimer's criminally overlooked monolith of paranoia, part science fiction, part body horror, part noir thriller cum black comedy. In this blog post authors Jez Conolly and Emma Westwood reflect on their study of the 1966 film. Writing a book about John Frankenheimer’s Seconds, arguably Hollywood’s bleakest ever film, was always going … Continue reading

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“Children of Men” Come True: U.S. Immigration Crackdown is Straight out of Cuarón’s Science Fiction Dystopia

By Dan Dinello As I began work on a monograph about Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 film Children of Men — anadaptation of the P.D. James’ novel, its critique of racism, nationalism, and xenophobia echoed the rise of an anti-immigrant, right wing in America that culminated in the election of a xenophobic president Donald J. Trump as … Continue reading

Film studies

Pandemic Movies: What Terry Gilliam’s ’12 Monkeys’ Tells Us About the Future

by Susanne Kord A virus wipes out a substantial part of humanity and drives the rest indoors. Time, no longer neatly divided into work-, play- and sleepy time, becomes erratic and unstable: interminable boredom for many, a crazed race against time for scientists in search of a cure. How the story ends is as yet … Continue reading