Mad, bad and dangerous. The Scientist and the Cinema

Mad, Bad and Dangerous explores the portrayal of the scientist in the movies from the crazy and scheming weirdo to the hero. In different periods the scientist has been used to evoke the fears and phobias of the time, including the 1950s movies of atomic scientists creating radioactive zombies, and the 1970s preoccupation with scientists as “baddies.” Fictional portrayals are examined by Frayling alongside bio-pics of real-life scientists, revealing the madman and the saint as two sides of the same Hollywood coin.

Text: Frayling Christopher. cm 17×12; pp. 224; 100; paperback. Publisher: Reaktion Books, London , 2004.

ISBN: 9781861891358| 1861891350

ID: AM-8680

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Mad, Bad and Dangerous explores the portrayal of the scientist in the movies from the crazy and scheming weirdo to the hero. In different periods the scientist has been used to evoke the fears and phobias of the time, including the 1950s movies of atomic scientists creating radioactive zombies, and the 1970s preoccupation with scientists as “baddies.” Fictional portrayals are examined by Frayling alongside bio-pics of real-life scientists, revealing the madman and the saint as two sides of the same Hollywood coin.

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