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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

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General Information:
Year Released: 1956
Country: US
Director: Don Seigel
Literary Source: Jack Finney, The Body Snachers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is one of many films created during the 1950's that reflects both paranoia and concerns about conformity, technology and humanity using science fiction themes.

The Promise of Science: Alien Life

The replicants load pods onto trucks for distribution across the country.

A quiet, nonviolent invasion is found in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, US), a film that echoes cold war paranoia, concern about changing values in modern day society, and fear of the loss of individuality. In this film, the alien invasion comes in the form of giant pea pods that hatch into human replicas, silently replacing real humans while they sleep. One man discovers this, and rallies his townspeople against the pods, but as they are assimilated, their interest in destroying the pods evaporates. Soon, all of the town's resources are devoted to the creation and distribution of these pods -- the entire world could be taken over, from the inside out.

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