Utopia in Dystopia: Cloud Atlas
What is it about?
Contribution to symposium about utopia and science fiction in film 500 years after the publication of T. More's Utopia. Unlike the majority of post-9/11 sf movies expressing anxiety and paranoia about humanity’s fate in a violent universe, in Cloud Atlas the post-apocalyptic trope suggests not so much a fear of terrorism, but a critique of political, economic and social greed against all living forms in the planet. The film also maintains a utopian horizon, much in the tradition of the critical dystopia.
Why is it important?
Re-assessment of utopia in popular culture 500 years after publication of founding text by More. Utopian desire continues to be a timely topic for an understanding of our present.
The following have contributed to this page: Professor Imre Szeman, Dr Debra Benita Shaw, Dr Raffaella Baccolini, Prof. CARL FREEDMAN, and Professor Tom Moylan Moylan
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