A friend of mine has been asked to put together a series on
"utopian" films but when he and I discussed the matter we
could only think of "dystopian films" -- Blade Runner,
Things to Come, etc., etc. In fact it occurs to us that
demands for narrative disequilibrium actually require that
films be dystopian rather than utopian -- in the latter case
you've got a nice world at the beginning, a nice world in
the middle and a nice world at the end, so where's the
At any rate if any of you can think of any utopian films,
I'd be much obliged. And while you're at, how about a list
of dystopian films, of which I am sure there are many more
than I can think of.
Annenberg School, U of Penn.