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Technological know-how fiction motion pictures have a good time and critique the effect of a burgeoning know-how at the world's cultural, political, and social milieu.

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G. Wells's singular participation in the project. The rest of those mentioned above, since they are generally difficult to locate today and appeared at a time when film was in transition between the full flowering of the silent aesthetic and the awkward emergence of sound narrative, tend to be ignored and are practically absent from all standard histories of film. 10 Of course, one reason for this relative neglect is that these are all essentially border films, and as such create difficulties for historians, who, because of the very requirements of their task, tend to focus on more definitive works.

Divers Repel an Underwater Creature in The Mysterious Island 106 18. The Mysterious Island: Dakkar Encounters an Underwater Civilization 107 19. The Mad Scientist in Island of Lost Souls 110 20. Just Imagine's Vision of New York in 1980 115 21. Aerial Courtship and a Traffic Jam in Just Imagine 117 22. Single O in Just Imagine 118 23. A Capture by Emperor Ming's Warriors in Flash Gordon 124 24. Buck Rogers: Buck Loses Control of his Dirigible 125 25. Science Meets the Thriller in the Serial The Phantom Creeps 126 26.

Crowds Waiting to View the "Democracity" Diorama 172 38. The Electrical Products, Westinghouse, and General Electric Pavilions at the 1939 World's Fair 174 39. The Entertainment Zone of the New York World's Fair 176 40. The Trylon and Perisphere Seen from Rainbow Ave. at the New York World's Fair 181 Page ix Acknowledgments A number of people have contributed their time, resources, and general knowledge to the creation of this book and deserve special note. As every film student knows, one of the greatest difficulties in doing historical research is simply locating copies of the films.

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