Future depiction in movies and TV over 80 years (VIDEO).

How the Depiction of the Future Changed in Movies Over 80 Years

How the Depiction of the Future Changed in Movies Over 80 Years

The citizen’s guide to the future.
Sept. 29 2017 3:46 PM
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How the Depiction of the Future Changed Over 80 Years

Decade by decade.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Thinkstock and Sony Pictures.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Thinkstock andSony Pictures.

How did the depiction of the future in movies and TV change over 80 years? From the space-centric worlds of the early years of cinema to the dystopian futures of the ’70s and beyond, sci-fi has always looked forward to expand visual possibilities and tease out contemporary anxieties. In the video above, watch how those visions changed from decade to decade, with period-appropriate soundtracks for each.

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Jacob T. Swinney is a video essayist, filmmaker, and cinephile.