Articles from 2(8)/2012 Apocalypse in Cinema and Visual Arts. New Images for Old Myths

Avatars d’Apocalypse, du cinéma au jeu vidéo


Keywords: Mystery, revelation, eschatology, parousia, cinema, video game, kind(genre), science fction, thriller, cyberpunk, steampunk, symbol, metaphor

Abstract: The Revelation of St Jean, founder text of the apocalyptic imagination, belongs to the literary type. The Apocalypse, which means revelation, leans on meta-phors and symbols inherited from Middle-East mytholo-gies. It provoked numerous interpretations. Nowadays, the cinema and video games seized... Read More

The Minimalist Apocalypse. A Genre Analysis of Cum mi-am petrecut sfârşitul lumii.

Doru Pop

Keywords: Minimalist apocalypse, eschatological, “apocaholic”, transformation

Abstract: This paper is discussing The Way I Spent the End of the World (Mitulescu 2006) as a case study for the idea that all mythologies of the end are based on personal eschatology. Elaborating on the concept of mini-malist apocalypse, the author follows two main approaches – the narrative and the... Read More

Discours de théologie postmoderne dans le cinéma post-apocalyptique. Pour une contemplation de la destruction


Keywords: post-apocalyptical flm, postmodern theo-logy, contemplation of the destruction, eschatological film

Abstract: In cinema, the post-apocalyptic landscape puts emphases on the roads, highways, streets, avenues empty as deserts. The traces of humanity are gradually erased by the return of the nature, because the inher-ently destructive human nature has taken on the human cultural efforts to dominate. While... Read More

The Comet Tail: Celestial Apocalypse in Silent Cinema


Keywords: silent cinema, Halley’s Comet, celestial apocalypse, Verdens Undergang

Abstract: The social disquiet associated with the 1910 apparition of Halley’s Comet echoed extensively in the feld of cinema. Whether in a highly dramatic or a sharply parodic approach, a variety of silent flms envi-sioned the aftermath of the collision of a comet with the Earth. The present paper... Read More

Apocalypse à l’américaine: un exceptionnalisme blessé

Jennifer BOUM MAKE

Keywords: Apocalypse, exceptionalism, particula-rism, religiosity, sin, virtue

Abstract: This paper is a presentation of a particula-rism that shows the representation of the Apocalypse as defned by the American standards. The experience of virtue is at the core of America’s national identity. And the expression of moral responsibility as well as a Manichean tradition solidify... Read More

Psycho-Apocalypses, from Theory to Practice

Andrei SIMUŢ

Keywords: psycho-apocalypse, pre-apocalypticism, imminence, apocalyptic expectations, reactive depression

Abstract: This paper investigates the concept of psycho-apocalypse as belonging to a new type of apoca-lyptic imagination in flm and literature, with a vast range of examples, mostly taken from the flms of 2011, extremely signifcant both for the change in the apocalyptic genre of the last two decades and... Read More

Desplechin, Lynch, Antonioni: l’Apocalypse réinventée au cinéma


Keywords: Antonioni, Lynch, Desplechin, Cinema, The Beast, Myth of the One, Duality, Rivalry, Aesthetic

Abstract: The obvious allusions to the Book of Revelations in the contemporary cinema are less remar-quable than the onirical alterations of this Book in the imag-ination of some great flmmakers, especially Michelangelo Antonioni (L’Eclisse, 1962), David Lynch (Lost Highway, 1995) and more recently... Read More

Ethical Catechism and “The Walking Dead”

Robert DEAN

Keywords: zombie, apocalypse, television, Situation Ethics, Utilitarianism, Hulme, Robinsonade

Abstract: The setting, exploration, and adaptation of ethical scenarios are processes which lie at the heart of ethical debate. While they are used by philosophers as a means of illustrating key concepts, the conficts around which they are positioned are charged with a powerful dramatic currency that has... Read More

Dieu est mort: L’Apocalypse dans Le Septième Sceau et dans L’Œuf du serpent d’Ingmar Bergman


Keywords: Apocalypse, Ingmar Bergman, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, The Seventh Seal, The Serpent’s Egg, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, existential-ism, George Grosz, expressionism

Abstract: This article compares two very different films of Ingmar Bergman in order to identify his vision of the Apocalypse. The Seventh Seal takes place in Sweden during the Middle Ages, while the setting of The Serpent’s Egg is the economic crisis of the Weimar Republic. An analysis of the two... Read More

Another Apocalypse to Enjoy: The Matrix through Plato’s and Descartes’ Looking Glass

Claudia HULPOI

Keywords: Matrix, Plato, Descartes, Baudrillard, simulacrum, alienation, Apocalypse.

Abstract: This comparative approach is inspired by the collective volume The Matrix and Philosophy. Welcome to the Desert of the Real (2002), where ele-ments of Buddhism, Platonism and traditional Christianism are generally identifed as the most recurrent themes of the “jazz mythology” on which... Read More

Wandering in the Apocalyptical Schlaraffenland. Symbols, Tropes and Motifs in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia

Iulia MICU

Keywords: melancholy, memory, loss, apocalypse, depression, archive, disaster

Abstract: This paper focuses on the sources of Lars von Trier’s Melancholia, especially in the history of art, but also on some important mythological motifs and on the infuence of Wagner’s music in his flm. The Danish flmmaker calls for a reassessment of ancient texts and symbols in an attempt... Read More

Et le millénaire n’arrivera point ... 911 ou l’espoir apocalyptique consommé par sa médiatisation


Keywords: millennium, Apocalypse, 911, media

Abstract: The atmosphere during the last years of 20th century was one of fin de siècle melancholy. People were longing for an apocalyptic disaster to fnish with such an unbearable situation. But nothing did happen – until 911, when millenarian hope arose again. Apocalypse was from now on... Read More

Signes apocalyptiques: l’infanticide magique et l’enfant monstrueux (litérature, peinture, cinéma)


Keywords: Apocalypse, infanticide, witchcraft, Antichrist, risk, literature, painting, cinema, Gilles de Rais

Abstract: This paper, which is part of a larger re-search project, proposes a comparison between different arts (literature, painting, cinema) and their representational strategies, taking as a starting point the ritual infanticide. Two main cases of infanticide are considered here. In the frst case the... Read More

L’Apocalypse sur terre: quelques réflxions sur l’imaginaire macabre jésuite au XVIIe siècle

Alessandra MASCIA

Keywords: Jesuit, Martyrdom, Imagery, Rome, Frescoes, 16th century, Meditation, Device

Abstract: The suffering bodies of the martyrs painted in the late 16th century in Rome, on the walls of churches and Jesuit colleges, are not only images of political pro-paganda, but symbolic devices for meditation. In the churches of St. Stephen in the Round and St. Thomas of Canterbury or in the... Read More

Capitalist Apocalypse in the Painting of John Martin and Gordon Cheung

Martin LANG

Keywords: Apocalypse, Art, Painting, John Martin, Gordon Cheung, Capitalism

Abstract: Taking as its starting point Tate Britain’s recent John Martin retrospective, entitled John Martin: Apocalypse, this paper considers the possibility that de-pictions of biblical apocalyptic scenes in Martin’s paint-ings are actually metaphors for revolution (French and American). The... Read More

The New Identity of Image in an Informational Society


Keywords: image in motion, audio-visual, reality, source, representation

Abstract: The communicational society re-shapes the world of images and, to some extent, manages to replace the real world, while the natural, real space is replaced by the one re-created by means of images in motion. The world of images has been extending so much that, in certain cases, it generates... Read More

Tableaux apocalyptiques dans le film d’animation contemporain. Une rencontre avec Marcell Jankovics

Daria IOAN

Abstract: La sixième édition du festival du flm étudiant FFEST, organisée entre 22 et 25 novembre 2012 par la Faculté de Théâtre et Télévision de l’Université «Babeş-Bolyai», l’Université Sapientia et... Read More

Film & Book Reviews

Ioan Pop-CURŞEU, Claudiu TURCUŞ

Abstract: L’Archange Batman et les armées de l’Apocalypse (The Dark Knight Raises) Deleuze. The Adventure of the... Read More