Un récit étiologique au service de l’Antiquité hollywoodienne : la théorie des anciens astronautes

Abstract : Since its popularization in 1968 by Erich von Däniken, the Ancient astronauts theory has met with a constant success in cinema: Planeta Bur, 2001: a Space Odyssey, Stargate, The Fifth Element, Gods of Egypt ... From the sixties to the present day, about thirty films have used it. If the neo-evhemerism theoreticians concentrate more on the traces left by the aliens on Earth in the past than on the reasons behind their interventions, the directors have often tried to offer an explanation for their coming. The answers given by the scenarios are revealing of their times and contradictions. Far more than the existence of aliens, it is the relation to the sacred and to science, the universality of values, individualism and conservatism, that these films and their heroes are questioning.
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Fabien Bièvre-Perrin. Un récit étiologique au service de l’Antiquité hollywoodienne : la théorie des anciens astronautes. V. Krings, C. Valenti. L'Antiquité imaginée : les références antiques dans les œuvres de fiction (XXe-XXIe siècles), A paraître. ⟨hal-01781630⟩

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