Chiara Simonigh

Hollywood 2000: Catastrophes and Catharses

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Keywords: Technological-Economic Development; Mythological/Symbolic Reworking.

This article discusses the correlation between growing environmental awareness and the development of the disaster-movie genre, understood as a kind of mythological/symbolic reworking of the new fears involved in the relationship between human beings and the Earth. Released to general audiences as products for escapism and entertainment, disaster movies more and more have taken on the nuances of films protesting blind and uncontrolled technological and economic development, whose ominous consequences run the risk of taking on worldwide proportions.

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