The study of race, religion and society within George A. Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" and Lucio Fulci's "Zombi 2"

Hobbs, Simon (2008) The study of race, religion and society within George A. Romero's "Dawn of the Dead" and Lucio Fulci's "Zombi 2". BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Within this dissertation I will compare two seminal zombie films from the late 1970s: George Romero's Dawn of the Dead (Romero, 1978) and Lucio Fulci's "Zombi 2" (Fulci, 1979). Both films are very different, in style and reception: "Dawn of the Dead" has been critically celebrated, while "Zombi 2" has been stigmatised for arising from the Italian exploitation movement. After outlining the historical background of the zombie sub-genre to highlight the importance of the two films impact, I will discuss the differing production contexts the two films were made in. Then, by using the broad themes of race, religion and society I will explore how the portrayal of zombies is affected by the thematic choices of the two directors. This will clarify how this in turn affects the audience reading of the films, as well as their critical reception. By engaging in a reappraisal of the director's thematic concerns and choices, the study will see to what extent the films differ in their portrayals of race, religion and society, as well as their attitudes toward the horror genre and the zombie icon.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/562

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