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Hollywood, the Global South, and Total Recall (2012)

Wagner, KB; (2018) Hollywood, the Global South, and Total Recall (2012). Radical History Review , 2018 (131) pp. 164-167. 10.1215/01636545-4355293. Green open access

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Abstract

The Global South is often presented as a geopolitical reconsideration of Area Studies and a concept gaining much traction across the social sciences. This short essay will theorize Len Wiseman’s Total Recall (2012) as a spatial analogy for the Global South. Through a comparison of two futuristic megacities—one generic and prosperous in the United Federation of Britain “UFB” and the other globally disadvantaged and named the Colony or “New Asia”—Total Recall is examined as depicting the stratification of the planet but also, more crucially, as a film that communicates the Global South as a newer cinematic invention problematized by Hollywood. My second aim in this essay is to introduce the term Aesthetic Cooperation among Developing and Developed Countries (ACDDC) as a means to stress aesthetic hybridity beyond any one style and any one conception of our many North and South urban metropoles on screen, and one Hollywood experiments with through the genre of science fiction.

Type: Article
Title: Hollywood, the Global South, and Total Recall (2012)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1215/01636545-4355293
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1215/01636545-4355293
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Global South, Hollywood, Total Recall, Aesthetic Cooperation among Developing and Developed Countries (ACDDC), spatial analogy, megacity
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > SELCS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10055382
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