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    Sci-fi and the 1950s

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by OurJud, Aug 9, 2015.

    I fear this may be a really stupid question with an obvious answer, but can anyone offer any explanation as to why science fiction films are so often given a retro 1950s styling? The Truman Show, Gattaca, Dark City, off the top of my head.

    I think I'm correct in saying that sci-fi, as we know it today - and especially in literature - took off in the 1950s, so maybe it's just a case of directors doffing their caps to the decade that brought the genre to the public's imagination.

    Any other ideas?
     
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    Errm, yeah, that might have something to do with it :D

    I wasn't aware of that detail, but while I can't think of any right now, I'm sure there are other examples.
     
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    Most certainly. I was thinking originally they may have been adapted from books written in a similar era. Was only when I checked it turned out to be the same author.
     
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    Just to add to that, Dark City is film noir/sci-fi, so being set in the 1950s is entirely appropriate. And I really can't think of any other sci-fi films that use the vintage style, so I'm not really seeing a pattern here.
     

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