Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Film Studies

First Advisor

Kelly Sears

Second Advisor

Melinda Barlow

Third Advisor

David Slayden

Abstract

Calling Adiona is a film set in 1982 that follows James and his mother, Jane, as they cope with the absence of James’ father Alan aboard the spaceship Adiona. After NASA loses contact with Alan’s spaceship, James and his mother deal with the aftermath of his death. However, when James is visited by a ghostly presence he begins to suspect his father might not be dead after all.

The accompanying essay will place this film in the historical context both of its fellow films set in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as well as the national mindset toward space travel. The essay will also contextual the film within modern time as an example of the growing trend in “period pieces” that are reminiscent of the golden age of blockbusters. Finally, the essay will review the technical aspects of the film and discuss how these are in line with the same styles of the 1980s, as well as developing new techniques that reflect a modern interpretation of old themes. The essay will rely greatly on filmic references, as well as factual contextualization provided by accounts of astronauts’ wives in NASA’s space program and the American attitude toward the space race. The essay will therefore deal with identity (as an individual, as a nation), family dynamics, and escapism as a means of uncovering truth in society.

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