Science Fiction Films of the 1950s: The Invasion of the Body Snatchers


This is another of the posts in my series on science-fiction films that I wanted to reblog.

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The 1956 film The Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is a seminal piece of cinema.  This movie combined the theme of alien invaders with that of xenophobia and the fear of communists infiltrating American society. Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter starred in the film, and directed by Don Siegel, in an Allied Artists film. The film was based on a novel by  Jack Finney called The Body Snatchers.

This black and white movie is atmospheric and establishes quickly a tone of distrust and disquiet, by creating a world in which normalcy seems just out of place. This questioning of normalcy, especially in  the context of 1950s America, in which conformity was seen as a virtue, is a strength of the movie. In post World War Two America, many people lived in a segregated world, divided by race, class, and religion.  Also, the United States was suffering through…

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13 thoughts on “Science Fiction Films of the 1950s: The Invasion of the Body Snatchers

  1. Susan Taylor Brand

    I have never seen this movie, but the plot was retold to me by my husband and now, when someone acts out of character, we say “Okay, where’s the pod????”

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