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It was only natural for Chris Marker to take to online culture as keenly as he did in his later years—in his quizzical, often unclassifiable cinema, where ultramodern technology shares space with humanity’s insistent past, he had envisioned linkages of disparate global data long before the Internet had its first dial-up connection. Marker’s 1997 feature Level Five (having its North American premiere August 14th as part of BAMcinématek’s comprehensive retrospective) finds the great, elusive essayist deep in cyber-territory. A hand, perhaps Marker’s own, maneuvers a tabletop computer mouse in the introductory Pov shot; the camera zooms into the pixelated blur of the machine’s monitor which is readily filled with superimpositions of nightscapes and faces. “What can these be,” asks a disembodied female voice, “but the playthings of a mad god who made us build them for him?”
- Fernando F. Croce
By the time Johnny Mnemonic was released in 1995, screenwriter William Gibson had been writing innovative science fiction for almost 20 years. Since his first short story – the brilliant Fragments Of A Hologram Rose – was published back in 1977, Gibson had been making serious waves in the sci-fi community. He's perhaps most well-known for his game-changing 1984 novel, Neuromancer, a dark neo-noir filled with console-cowboys, sentient AIs and virtual reality – all common elements now, but Gibson's work still stands as a milestone in sci-fi literature. Gibson created the term 'cyberspace' and is seen as one of the forefathers of cyberpunk.
It's weird, then, that his novels and stories never translated to the silver screen before the mid-90s. Gibson himself had taken a pass at Alien 3 (though most of his ideas were quickly disposed of, »
April 19th is getting better and better. First we get the premiere of Season 2 of the so-very-excellent Orphan Black on BBC America, and now comes news of another premiere that follows directly after: a new docu-series entitled The Real History of Science Fiction.
BBC America Premieres New Original Docu-Series The Real History of Science Fiction on April 19 As told by the genre’s greatest pioneers, the four-part docu-series explores recurring science fiction themes: Robots, Space, Invasion and Time
New York –, March 10, 2014 – BBC America delves into the real history of science fiction with filmmakers, writers, actors and graphic artists looking back on their experiences and on how their obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown. The new original documentary series is a »
- Erin Willard
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