Cultural Change and Nihilism in the Rollerball Films

Film and Philosophy 8:91-111 (2004)
In 2002, a remake of the 1975 film Rollerball was released in theaters. It flopped at the box-office, disappearing quickly from movie screens and reappearing shortly thereafter on home video. While aesthetically horrendous, the remake of Rollerball is instructive, as it provides a point of contrast to the original film, highlighting a change in our culture’s manner of engagement with the difficult philosophical problem of nihilism. Both films share a roughly similar plot, yet in the differing manners that they explore and develop that plot, we can glimpse two separate ways in which nihilism may be discovered, confronted and dealt with.
Keywords Nihilism  Film and Philosophy  Rollerball  Existentialism
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