Spielberg’s Alien “Other”

The post I wrote for the OUP blog is now officially up. Visit, pass on. Leave comment.

One Response to Spielberg’s Alien “Other”

  1. ErisGuy says:

    Enjoyed the article.

    “Aliens good, children good, adults ‘monster’” : Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
    “The can be our friends” : The 27th Day (1957)
    They’re innocents trying to get home: Beast with a 1,000,000 Eyes (IIRC), E.T., Wavelength.

    And if my memories of the dozens (maybe hundreds) of sci-fi films I watched in the 50s and 60s weren’t fading, I could write more examples.

    “Who is the man who teaches the advanced science classes at the High School, who drove his truck head-on into the train, derailing it and releasing the alien?”

    Some people don’t like the (correct, IMHO) vision of scientists in The Thing (1951).
    I look forward to seeing Super 8.

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