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Martyn Conterio

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325864

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325864.001.0001

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Base but See It

Base but See It

(p.9) Introduction: Base but See It
Mad Max

Martyn Conterio

Liverpool University Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of George Miller's Mad Max (1979). Mad Max is a freak picture with a fetish for fast-moving machines and the white-knuckle buzz of action cinema. It is also a dystopian narrative set one second before the great apocalyptic kaboom. In press interviews at the time, Miller specifically talked up Mad Max as a horror film. Mad Max displays an astonishing unity between character, narrative, theme, and environment. For liminality binds the film thematically, narratively and environmentally. A hero figure is in transition, society is in transition, and the land is in transition. In Mad Max, the world might be on the cusp of the gravest catastrophe, but one sees people still going about their lives. The chapter then looks at the criticisms on Mad Max.

Keywords:   George Miller, Mad Max, freak picture, action cinema, dystopian narrative, apocalyptic film, horror film, liminality

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