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This short interstitial chapter examines representations of ocean waves in disaster and science fiction movies, reading them for what they can indicate about shifting ideological accounts of human-ocean relations. The chapter tracks the technical conjuring of such on-screen waves, made using everything from scale-model wave tanks to computer-generated imagery (CGI) and explicates how they enable waves' narrative purposes and effects. Towering waves in film have operated as emblems of the elemental power of cosmic, inhuman, arbitrary forces; the return of the social-environmental repressed; and the power and limits of cinematic media themselves.

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