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The future that never came: an analysis of the representations of future contained in soviet science fiction movies during the Cold War (1959-1985)

Grant number: 18/01866-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2019
Effective date (End): December 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History
Principal Investigator:Francisco Cabral Alambert Junior
Grantee:Abner Henrique Camacho Desterro
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


The Science-fiction cinema finds a game change in the beginning of the 1950 decade. The films that explore the new technologies and talk about potential social configurations of the then current societies gain particular aspects all over the globe. We the it's alluding spacial travelling or portraying life on the Earth in the next generations, sci-fi during the emotional instability of the Cold War marks and enchants the popular mentality and remodels this movie genre. Much has been written about American and European sci-fi movie scenarious, although little has been said about the other big bloc of the second post-war: the Soviet Union. This research seeks to understand the ways of representing the future presented in the soviet sci-fi films during the conflicting decades of the Cold War; and explain how such forms reveal political-ideological aspects of the Soviet society of the period.

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