Certain iconic figures have always been a major staple in the history of genre film: the “soldier” of combat films, the “psychopath” of thrillers, and the “alien” and “robot” of science fiction… Whether they are intriguing, touching, ambiguous, or dreary, they have all been the pivotal subjects of countless films throughout cinematic history. While some filmmakers have abided to certain rules of the genres to depict these four archetypes, others have transcended them to comment on the cultural, technical and historical contexts of the times while also addressing the question of personal identity, moral agency, and artificial consciousness.
Over four episodes, this in-depth collection examines the past-to-present evolution of “the soldier,” “psychopath,” “alien,” and “robot” and their “life in movies.” From Saving Private Ryan to Pyscho, from Alien to Blade Runner, viewers are offered a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most important and innovative genre films, highlighted by exclusive interviews with the filmmakers, writers and actors behind them. Notable film critics, historians, authors and specialists also lend their expertise to reveal what has changed, what has stayed universal, and why these four emblematic figures continue to captivate the public and draw us into cinemas.
Genre: Art & Culture, Documentary Series
Directors: Jean-Philippe Gunet, Joanna Tabet & Guillaume De Ginestel
Writers: Jean-Philippe Gunet, Joanna Tabet & Olivier Roussille
Producers: French Connection Films
Length: 4 x 52 minutes
Languages: English, French
Partners: OCS, The French Film Board (CNC), CNES (National Centre for Space Studies)