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All the monsters of earth: the bestiary of fantastic in post-2001 cinema

Abstract

This work focus, on the fantastic imaginary in post-2001 fiction films. Under the eyes of fantastic cinema has sought to study more specifically a new bestial, sometimes from an apocalyptic expression, that could display its fantastic beings from the most horrendous to the most delicate ones revived and recreated according to the cinema technology, especially the digital one. We work with a hypothesis that as monstrous forms of today, much in the way of a certain cinema, commercial as well as independent, are symptoms of the culture. These symptoms can insistently demonstrate how we deal with our fears and insecurities in this extremely multifaceted and unstable contemporary world. In terms of theoretical references, the research is mainly, based on the philosophy of Slavoj Zizek and the Freudian psychoanalysis of the stranger, resumed in excellent declension by Jacques Lacan, of whom Zizek is a refined commentator. The research also required a state-of-the-art on the so-called fantastic literatures, encompassing essential works such those ones of Vladimir Propp and Tzvetan Todorov, and a selection of studies on cinema which mobilized authors such as Roger Dadoun, Gérard Lenne, René Predal and Jean-Claude Romer, among others. The corpus of the research also includes corpus comprises a selection of films that present monsters, which were studied from the point of view of symptoms of culture. Methodologically, the research is bibliographic, documentary and comparative bringing to the surface the filmographies. (AU)

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