On Film

Author(s): Stephen Mulhall


Discusses the four "Alien" movies. The author argues that the sexual significance of the aliens themselves, and of Ripley's resistance to them, takes us deep into the question of what it is to be human. He applies his interpretative model to another sequence of contemporary Hollywood movies: the "Mission: Impossible" series.

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'Stephen Mulhall's On Film presents an always engaging, often provocative, and occasionally brilliant philosophical investigation of the "Alien" quartet of science-fiction/action/horror films initiated in 1979 with Ridley Scott's eponymous classic! there is little doubt that Mulhall's metaphysical contentions will be referenced, quoted, and engaged with by other authors in subsequent work on science fiction cinema.' -- Steven Jay Schneider, Aesthetics Online 'As a study showing how this particular film quartet thematizes deep metaphysical and existential eissues the book succeeds in an admirable manner, and makes for a thought-provoking read. It is clear, accessible and engaging, and thus certainly fulfills the aims of the series it appears in' -- Simo Saatela, Uppsala University, Philosophy in Review 'The themes he identifies as central -- most crucially, a concern with human embodiment and thus, with both human generativity and mortality -- are explored convincingly, even brilliantly at times!Despite the amount of closely argued material which is packed into a relatively short book, the clarity and precision of the writing make it something of a page- turner' -- Deborah Thomas, European Journal of Communication 'Mulhall's philosophical discussion of each film is highly stimulating. His discussion of the aliens' pure, blind viciousness in the service of their drive for parasitic reproduction, as introduced in Alien, is illuminating. The representation of the impregnated humans as victims of their own flesh and blood, their bodies rendered alien to themselves, shows how the film deftly explores what it is to be human. .. provocative and engaging book which makes for stimulating reading for anyone interested in both film and philosophy.' -- Matthew Kieran, Philosophical Books

Stephen Mulhall is Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at New College, Oxford, and author of Heidegger and Being and Time (Routledge) and The Conversation of Humanity.

General Fields

  • : 9780415441537
  • : Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • : Routledge
  • : 0.362
  • : April 2008
  • : 216mm X 138mm X 18mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Stephen Mulhall
  • : Paperback
  • : 2nd Revised edition
  • : very good
  • : 288
  • : Illustrations