Infrastructure in Dystopian and Post-apocalyptic Film, 1968–2021 (Hardcover)

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Infrastructure in Dystopian and Post-apocalyptic Film, 1968–2021 (Hardcover)

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Lessons from society’s frameworks at the end of the world.

Dystopian and post-apocalyptic movies from 1968 to 2021 usually conclude with optimism, giving the audience a window into what is possible in the face of social dysfunction. The infrastructure that peeks through at the edges of the frame surfaces some of the concrete ways in which dystopian and post-apocalyptic survivors have made do with their damaged and destroyed worlds. In this book, Christian B. Long argues that if the happy endings so common to mass-audience films do not provide an all-encompassing vision of a better world, the presence of infrastructure, whether old or retrofitted or new, offers a starting point for the continued work of building toward the future.

Film imaginings of energy, transportation, water, waste, and their combination in the food system reveal what might be essential infrastructure on which to build the new post-dystopian and post-apocalyptic communities. We can look to dystopian and post-apocalyptic movies for a sense of where we might begin.
Christian B. Long lives in Meanjin Brisbane where he works at the University of Queensland, Australia. He is the author of The Imaginary Geography of Hollywood Cinema 1960–2000, also published by Intellect, and the editor of ReFocus: The Films of Albert Brooks and Film and the American Presidency.
Product Details ISBN: 9781835950036
ISBN-10: 1835950035
Publisher: Intellect Ltd
Publication Date: November 11th, 2024
Pages: 238
Language: English