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Old July 12 2010, 07:42 PM   #2
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Re: John Carpenter's The Thing.

Great movie. One of Carpenter's best.

As for movies with Antarctic settings--Whiteout was supposed to be pretty bad. That's the only one that comes to mind.

Although there aren't many movies actually set in the Antarctic, there do seem to have been a number of films in the last twenty years that use bleak wintry wilderness as an alternative to, say, dark rainy cityscapes. I've started calling them film blanc.

In fact, Fargo was in many ways an anti-film noir. Everything was white instead of black; everything took place in the suburbs and on the highways; the protagonist was female, happily married, well-adjusted, and very pregnant instead of your usual alienated male loner-on-the-edge, etc.
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