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Science and Technology Intro

This section is designed for people who are interested in films about science and technology.  We have divided it into several parts: a timeline of classic films and history of different decades, a list of films in different categories, a link page for further research, and a list of important science fiction literature.  Since the genre of science and technology contains several categories, some of films may appear on more than one list.  We also provide a lost of film which is sort by time for the convenience of finding films.
Science fiction films originated in France, developed in Germany, and flourished in the United States.  The first science fiction film is said to be Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune. 1902).  German director Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) was among the most outstanding films of the 1920s.  The 1950s saw an explosion of films involving science because of advances in high-technology.  Inspired by WWII and the Cold War, Robert E. Wise's allegorical The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) shows human’s fear of the future.  Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) was a classic of the 1960s and the genre itself.  With the end of the Vietnam War, George Lucas’ Star Wars (1977) brought a second boom in films involving science and technology.  In the 1980s, because of the highly industrialized society, apocalyptic films about the end of the world started to appear such as The Terminator (1984) and The Matrix (1999).

Science and technology films are always fascinating and draw lots of attention from the audience.  One reason is that such movies fulfill people’s imagination about the future and unknown worlds such as outer space and the existence of extra-terrestrial beings.  It also helps humans to rethink the world they are living and the potential crisis of too much reliance on science and technology.

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