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Movie History - Extreme Weather, in Reality and on the Big Screen

Film Critic:
The latest wave of climate-related catastrophes pounding the world has intensified, with reports of devastating floods, shattering earthquakes, hurricanes, and tropical storms. Since the silent era, studios have jumped to Hollywood-ize extreme weather for their disaster films. Spectacular scenes of destruction provide big entertainment value, but the best disaster movies also comment upon the negative effects of advancing technology, demonstrate the hubris of scientists, deliver uplifting moral lessons of sacrifice, and provide a how-to in survival skills. A short survey of how natural disasters were portrayed in earlier films illustrates just how much this particular subgenre of film has captured our cinematic fascination.

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