Movies and the Technological World:
A Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Library

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Arnold, Robert F.
"Termination or Transformation?(the relationship between technology, ideology, and subjectivity in the cinema)." Film Quarterly (Fall 1998): 20(1).
"Film making involves technology, but films also represent the technological changes of the times. Society has accepted that technological changes tend to increase productivity. This has been represented in countless films and society has come to accept the idea of the efficient robot as an onscreen entity as well as productivity tool that may put one out of a job." [Expanded Academic Index]

Balsamo, Anne Marie
Technologies of the gendered body: reading cyborg women / Anne Balsamo. Durham: Duke University Press, c1996.
Anthropology HQ1190.B35 1996
Main Stack HQ1190.B35 1996

Basalla, George.
"Keaton and Chaplin: The Silent Film's Response to Technology." In: Technology in America : a history of individuals and ideas / edited by Carroll W. Pursell, Jr. 2nd ed. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1990.
Engineering T21.T43 1990
Moffitt T21.T43 1990

Biro, Matthew.
"The New Man as Cyborg: Figures of Technology in Weimar Visual Culture." New German Critique (Spring-Summer), 1994. pp: 79-110.

Boylan, Jay H.
"Hal in '2001: A Space Odyssey': The Lover Sings His Song." Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 53-56, Spring 1985

Bonner, Frances.
"Separate Development: Cyberpunk in Film and TV." In: Fiction 2000 : cyberpunk and the future of narrative / edited by George Slusser and Tom Shippey. pp, 191-207 Athens : University of Georgia Press, c1992.
Main Stack PN3433.6.F53 1992

Car crash culture
Edited by Mikita Brottman. New York, N.Y. : Palgrave, 2002.
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Cass, Stephen.
"Sci-tech: the movie.(depiction of science and technology in movies)." IEEE Spectrum 43.7 (July 2006): 57(2).
Depiction of science and technology in a superficial way in Hollywood movies is discussed.

Clayton, Jay
"Frankenstein's Futurity: Replicants and Robots." In: The Cambridge companion to Mary Shelley / edited by Esther Schor. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
Main Stack PR5398.C36 2003

Colatrella, Carol.
"From Desk Set to The Net: Women and Computing Technology in Hollywood Films." Canadian Review of American Studies/Revue Canadienne d'Etudes Américaines, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 1-14, 2001

Comolli, Jean-Louis; Michelson, Annette (translator)
"Mechanical Bodies, Ever More Heavenly." October, vol. 83, pp. 19-24, Winter 1998
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Dinello, Daniel
Technophobia! : science fiction visions of posthuman technology Austin : University of Texas Press, 2005.
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Gunning, Tom.
"Buster Keaton or the Work of Comedy in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction." Cineaste v21, n3 (Summer)14 1995.(3 pages).

Hornig, Susanna.
"Digital Delusions: Intelligent Computers in Science Fiction Film." In: Beyond the Stars III: The Material World in American Popular Film. Edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. pp. 207-215
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Hughes, Philip
"The Alienated and Demonic in the Films of Stanley Kubrick: Cinemanalysis with a Freudian Technophobic Argument." Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, vol. 3, no. 1-2, pp. 12-27, Spring 1982

Huntley, John
Railways in the cinema. Shepperton, Allan, 1969.
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Jancovich, Mark
"Modernity and Subjectivity in The Terminator: The Machine as Monster in Contemporary American Culture." The Velvet Light Trap, vol. 30, pp. 3-17, Fall 1992

Kirby, Lynne.
Parallel tracks : the railroad and silent cinema Durham : Duke University Press, c1997.
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Kozlovic, Anton Karl.
"Technophobic Themes In Pre-1990 Computer Films." Science as Culture, Volume 12, Issue 3 September 2003 , pages 341 - 373UC users only "In his article on 'Technophobic themes in pre-1990 computer films', Anton Karl Kozlovic provides an insightful analysis of the theme of 'evil computers' in many popular culture films (Kozlovic, 2003). Kozlovic's focus is on finding the broad, negative categories such as 'humanity's rivals' and 'humanity's dominators' which reappear throughout computer films (p. 4). Kozlovic urges science educators to become aware of the history of these negative pop culture images and engage in 'consciousness raising activities' with the aim of correcting fictional excesses and perhaps influencing future depictions of computers in a more positive, engaging direction. Interestingly enough, Kozlovic points out that despite the very negative and unflattering portrayal of robotics and AI, computer films are nevertheless 'enthusiastically enjoyed by real world professionals in the computer, robotics, and AI fields ...' and cites several sources to document this point (p. 3). Kozlovic says that for these professionals the film is a form of 'waking dream fueling the desire for the power of imagination and the act of construction' (p. 3). [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]"

Landon, Brooks.
"Rethinking Science Fiction in the Age of Electronic (Re)Production: On a Clear Day You Can See the Horizon of Invisibility." Post Script10 (Fall), 1990. 61-71

Landon, Brooks.
"Future So Bright They Gotta Wear Shades: Cyberpunk and Beyond." In: The aesthetics of ambivalence : rethinking science fiction film in the age of electronic (re)production pp. 119-143. New York : Greenwood Press, 1992.
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Leach, Joan.
"Here come the men in black: technology and anxiety in the postmodern age.(Special Issue: Fictions and Futures)('Men in Black' deconstructed)." Futures 30.10 (Dec 1998): 1027(9).
"This review of the film 'Men in Black' argues that what used to be alarming in the science fiction genre has now become its main source of humour. As a reactionary response to the dystopic 'X-Files,' MiB is an elaborate parody which seeks to recuperate ideological ground lost by the 'X-Files'' examination of gender and technology in contemporary culture. Anxiety about the roles of technology, gender and the state are replaced by humour about the notion of anxiety itself. Anxious we may be at the close of the millenium, but MiB tells us to just laugh it all away." [Expanded Academic Index]

Lee, Raymond
Fit for the chase; cars and the movies. South Brunswick [N.J.] A. S. Barnes [1969]
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Lloyd, Donald G.
"Renegade Robots and Hard-Wired Heroes: "Technology and Morality in Contemporary Science Fiction Films." In: Beyond the Stars III: The Material World in American Popular Film. Edited by Paul Loukides and Linda K. Fuller. pp. 207-215
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Lucanio, Patrick.
Smokin' rockets : the romance of technology in American film, radio and television, 1945-1962 Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., c2002.
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Lucy, Niall
"Total Eclipse of the Heart: Thinking through Technology." Senses of Cinema: An Online Film Journal Devoted to the Serious and Eclectic Discussion of Cinema, vol. 7, pp. (no pagination), June 2000

Matheson, T.J. 1992.
"Marcuse, ellul, and the Science-Fiction Film: Negative Response to Technology." Science-Fiction Studies (November), 326-339
"In contrast to SF literature, most SF films have responded negatively to technology, seeing it as a force in contemporary society that has had a deleterious effect on the quality of human life. Herbert Marcuse and Jacques Ellul two of the most pessimistic analysts, have expressed their criticisms of technology in ways that also find expression in some of these films, which are preoccupied with many of the same issues. Three in particular--Forbidden Planet (1956), Colossus: The Forbin Project (1969), and Alien (1979)-can be seen as responses to the theorists in question. In each case the films adopt positions that, while sympathetic with many aspects of Marcuse's indictment of technology, challenge his belief that this technology could ever be a vehicle for human liberation. In contrast, they assume positions closer to that of Ellul, who sees technology's effect on the quality of human life as thoroughly debilitating." [Expanded Academic Index]

The Mechanical God, machines in science fiction
Edited by Thomas P. Dunn and Richard D. Erlich. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1982.
Main Stack PN3433.6.M4 1982
Moffitt PN3433.6.M4 1982)

Millichap, Joseph
"Railroads." In: The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past / edited by Peter C. Rollins. New York : Columbia University Press, c2003.
Media Center PN1995.9.U64.C65 2003
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Muyssen, Andreas.
"The Vamp and the Machine: Technology and Sexuality in Fritz Lang's Metropolis." New German Critique 8 (Fall/Winter), 1981-82, pp. 221-237

Negri, Gianluigi.
Cyber movies : cyborg, hackers, mondi virtuali : guida al cinema del terzo millennio Bologna : Tunnel Edizioni, 1997.
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Orvell, Miles.
After the machine : visual arts and the erasing of cultural boundaries Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c1995.
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Rushing, Janice Hocker.
Projecting the shadow : the cyborg hero in American film Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1995.
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Ryan, Michael; Kellner, Douglas
"Technophobia/Dystopia." In: Liquid metal : the science fiction film reader / edited by Sean Redmond. London ; New York : Wallflower, 2004.
Main Stack PN1995.9.S26.L57 2004

Ryan, Michael; Kellner, Douglas
"Technophobia." In: Camera politica : the politics and ideology of contemporary Hollywood film / by Michael Ryan and Douglas Kellner. Bloomington, Ind. : Indiana University Press, 1988
Moffitt PN1993.5.U6.R93 1988

Short, Sue
Cyborg cinema and contemporary subjectivity New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
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Spielmann, Y.
"Elastic cinema: technological imagery in contemporary science fiction films." Convergence: The Journal of Research Into New Media Technologies, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 56-76, August 2003
"This essay examines the use of high-tech imagery in cinema with regard to how cinema introduces digital technologies into the visual and narrative style of film. Science fiction films in particular take advantage of new technologies and create new special effects that are incorporated into dystopian views on the relationship between man/woman and machine that fuses to create hybrid characters. The merger of cinema and computer, with its expanded representation of motion and space comparable to virtual reality settings, together with the characterization of machines as evil, characterize the two dominant strategies of cinema's response to new media. In a discussion of two films that at the time of their respective releases highlighted this double approach—Terminator 2 and The Matrix—the author suggests that the struggle about space in both films transgresses the generic tradition of science fiction and responds to general disturbances in the temporal-spatial order in electronic culture. However, where the earlier, Terminator 2, offers discourse, the later film, The Matrix, turns entropic and regressive." [Communication Abstracts]

Strzelczyk, Florentine
"Motors and Machines, Robots and Rockets: Harry Piel and Sci-Fi Film in the Third Reich." German Studies Review, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 543-61, Fall 2004

Telotte, J.P.
"Film And/As Technology: An Introduction." Post Script10 (Fall), 4-8 1990.

Telotte, J. P.
A distant technology : science fiction film and the machine age Hanover, NH : University Press of New England [for] Wesleyan University Press, c1999.
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Telotte, J.P. 1988.
"The Ghost in the Machine: Consciousness and the Science Fiction Film." Western Humanities Review, XLII (Autumn), 249-258

Telotte, J.P.
"Just Imagine-ing the Metropolis of Modern Amercia," Science Fiction Studies, (July), 23:161-170

Telotte, J. P.
Replications : a robotic history of the science fiction film Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1995.
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Telotte, J.P.
"The Tremulous Public Body: Robots, Change, and the Science Fiction Film." Journal of Popular Film and Television 19 (Spring), 1991. 14-23

"Top 12 most luddite films of all time.(anti-technology)." Knowledge Technology & Policy 13.3 (Fall 2000): 21(4).
Some of the films considered by The Luddite Reader to be the most anti-technological films include "Metropolis," "Gattaca," "Terminator," "Brazil," "Blade Runner" and "Frankenstein."

Trahair, Lisa
"The Ghost in the Machine: The Comedy of Technology in the Cinema of Buster Keaton." South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 101, no. 3, pp. 573-88, Summer 2002
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van der Laan, J. M.
"Machines and human beings in the movies." Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 31-37, 2006
"Over the years, many movies have presented on-screen a struggle between machines and human beings. Typically, the machines have come to rule and threaten the existence of humanity. They must be conquered to ensure the survival of and to secure the freedom of the human race. Although these movies appear to expose the dangers of an autonomous and hegemonic technology and to champion the human being, they do not. Humans do not in the end triumph over technology but merge with the machine. Instead of liberation from technological domination, the movies in question depict as inevitable the total surrender and absorption of humanity to and into technology. These movies lead to a denial of the true conditions of our existence in technology. Many films could serve to illustrate the problem, but this study focuses on two representative film trilogies: The Terminator and The Matrix." [Communication Abstracts]

Wassenaar, Michael
"Strong to the Finich: Machines, Metaphor, and Popeye the Sailor." The Velvet Light Trap, vol. 24, pp. 20-32, Fall 1989

Waters, Lindsay
"'The Cameraman and Machine Are Now One': Walter Benjamin's Frankenstein." In: Mapping Benjamin : the work of art in the digital age / edited by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Michael Marrinan. Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2003.
Main Stack BH201.M32 2003

White, Judy.
"Sympathy for the devil: Elia Kazan looks at the dark side of technological progress in 'Wild River.'." Literature-Film Quarterly 22.n4 (Oct 1994): 227(5).
Elia Kazan's 1960 film 'Wild River' poses disturbing questions about the govt's right to sacrifice individual souls for the technological benefit of the many. Bureaucrat Chuck Glover seeks to persuade the old farmer Ella Garth to leave her land so a dam can be built. Unable to sway her, he must eventually use force, effectively killing her by separating her from her spirit. He is redeemed by his genuine sorrow, and his love for Garth's granddaughter. A racial subplot shows the beneficial effects of technology.

Williams, Ruth. 1993.
"A Virus is Only Doing Its Job: From Aliens Outside to Rebellion in the Flesh." Sight and Sound 3 (May), 31-34

Young, Elizabeth.
"Machine dreams. (fears of a technological future)." Sight and Sound 3.n5 (May 1993): 33(3).
"Fear of a technological future, along with a desire to return to a more bucolic past, is not a new outlook, but a state of mind that has been voiced repeatedly since the 19th century. The 19th-century pastoralism of William Morris has much in common with the outlook of the hippies. Likewise, Virginia Woolf and other Modernists often compared an idealized rural past to a harsh urban future. Film has continued to explore our fears of a technological future and visions of a bucolic past." [Expanded Academic Index]

Zhao, Yuezhi
"Between a World Summit and a Chinese Movie: Visions of the 'Information Society'." Gazette: The International Journal for Communication Studies, vol. 66, no. 3-4, pp. 275-80, June 2004
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