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COMM 546 Invasion of the Body Snatchers

COMM 546 Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Jake Unger...

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Jake Unger 2/24/10 History of American Screenwriting: Invasion of the Body Snatchers Films, as all works of art, are subject to in-depth analyses and proposed philosophies regarding the meaning of their texts. While many films have a clear cut message, many films are left up to interpretation in regards its intended message. The 1956 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a prime example of a film that critics argue over the intended meaning of. Although Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) depicts the dehumanization of humans, the film is interpreted in a number of ways such as the reaction of widespread cold war paranoia, the conformist nature of the McCarthy era, and most commonly as an “overt Communist metaphor: the alien pod people perfectly fit McCarthy’s profile of Russians…ice cold, outwardly peaceful but very authoritarian and emotionless” (Wikipedia, http://www.gadflyonline.com/11-26-01/film- snatchers.html ). The growth of pods can be seen as symbolic of the belief that communist growth, and “that revolutions are made by planting seeds.” Also the town scene when the people
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