Jake Unger2/24/10History of American Screenwriting: Invasion of the Body SnatchersFilms, 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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