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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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2012, or Pyrotechnics

2012, or Pyrotechnics

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(p.31) Chapter 5 2012, or Pyrotechnics
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Apocalypse-Cinema
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Peter Szendy

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823264803.003.0005

This chapter focuses on Roland Emmerich's 2012 (2009). It discusses how the continuous scenes of destruction and disintegration seem to point toward something beyond filmic pleasure, toward an an-economy cinema, of which the film is a perfect example. On the one hand, each second of image, each shot cost a fortune, so grandiloquent are the special effects. But on the other hand, the film's characters, who are constantly just barely escaping the most colossal cataclysms of all time, end up giving the impression of wanting to escape the image, of trying to end with it and flee the frame of the inflationist reel that seems destined to bury them at any moment under an avalanche of means.

Keywords:   2012, Roland Emmerich, apocalypse-cinema, apocalyptic film, apocalyptic genre, disaster movies

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