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Apocalypse-Cinema2012 and Other Ends of the World$
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Peter Szendy

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780823264803

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.001.0001

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Terminator, or The Arche-Traveling Shot

Terminator, or The Arche-Traveling Shot

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(p.23) Chapter 4 Terminator, or The Arche-Traveling Shot
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Apocalypse-Cinema
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Peter Szendy

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.003.0004

This chapter begins by discussing the interlocking nature of destruction in apocalyptic film. The way in which destruction is propagated on screen, like a wave that goes from thing to thing, shows how one thing refers to another, that is, the fabric of their relations with and references to one another; in short, what we call a world. That things hold onto one another, or thanks to one another, that they give one another support becomes clear when they start to collapse like a row of dominos. One finds the most striking images of this referring interlocking in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Jonathan Mostow, 2003). The chapter highlights a particular scene where the female T-X raises the crane of the truck she is driving during a car chase. Long before the twists and turns of the narrative that lead to the final holocaust, it is here, in this sequence that the nuclear holocaust of the movie's last images is being prepared.

Keywords:   Terminator 3, destruction, apocalypse-cinema, apocalyptic film, apocalyptic genre

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