Future Imperfect

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The science fiction film is one of the most popular film genres and has featured some of the most powerful images in the history of the cinema. These filmed visions of technology, spectacular future worlds, and extra-terrestrial encounters have negotiated questions of human identity, social visions, and collective fears. This potent mixture explains the attraction of the genre and lends the films their contemporary relevance. This volume, published on the occasion of a retrospective at the Berlin International Film Festival, presents essays by contributors from around the world. Taking the long American tradition and the particularities of the genre as a point of departure, the essays explore the heyday of East European science fiction film, the place of the science fiction film in German film history, and the positioning of the European auteur film in relation to the genre.


Rainer Rother has been director of the Deutsche Kinemathek–Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin, Germany, and director of the film history section at Berlin International Film Festival since 2006. Since 2001, he has served as a member of the selection commission for the Competition at the Berlinale. From 1991 to 2006, he was director and exhibition curator of Zeughauskino at Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin. He is the author and co-editor of numerous publications on film history, most recently Deutschland 1966 (2016), Glorious Technicolor (2015) and Bigger than Life: Ken Adam’s Film Design (2014). He lives in Berlin. Annika Schaefer is a member of the editorial staff at Deutsche Kinemathek–Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin, Germany, and is currently completing a dissertation in media studies at Filmuniversität Babelsberg “Konrad Wolf” on the image of work in the Nazi fictional film. She previously worked as a research assistant at Archiv der sozialen Demokratie, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Bonn. A contributor and co-editor of the volume Glorious Technicolor (2015), she lives in Berlin.