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Overview

"Stephen Prince is the first scholar to trace the effect of 9/11 on the making of American film. From documentaries like Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) to zombie flicks, and from fictional narratives such as The Kingdom (2007) to Mike Nichols's Charlie Wilson's War (2007), Prince evaluates the extent to which filmmakers have exploited, explained, understood, or interpreted the attacks and the Iraq War that followed, including incidents at Abu Ghraib." He begins with pre-9/11 depictions of terrorism, such as Alfred Hitchcock's Sabotage (1936), and follows with studio and independent films that directly respond to 9/11. He considers documentary portraits and conspiracy films, as well as serial television shows (most notably Fox's 24) and made-for-TV movies that re-present the attacks in a broader, more intimate way. Ultimately Prince finds that in these triumphs and failures an exciting new era of American filmmaking has taken shape.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Higher Education Supplement - James Clarke

[ Firestorm] will be a popular resource for film students.

Survival - Jeffrey Mazo

offers a detailed and insightful critical analysis while avoiding jargon...Firestorm isa remarkable achievement as a first look at the impact of 11 September on filmmaking, and lays the groundwork for any number of new approaches.

The Australian - Luke Davies

[A] thoughtful and thorough investigation of the celluloid response to that chilling September day.

Cineaste - Corey K. Creekmur

A rich record and accounting of the first decade of responses by both mainstream and marginal American filmmakers.

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Prince's impressively thorough and intelligently written book will serve as a guide for some years to this visually indelible episode in American history... Essential.

Times Higher Education Supplement
[ Firestorm] will be a popular resource for film students.

— James Clarke

Choice

Prince's impressively thorough and intelligently written book will serve as a guide for some years to this visually indelible episode in American history... Essential.

Survival
offers a detailed and insightful critical analysis while avoiding jargon...Firestorm isa remarkable achievement as a first look at the impact of 11 September on filmmaking, and lays the groundwork for any number of new approaches.

— Jeffrey Mazo

The Australian
[A] thoughtful and thorough investigation of the celluloid response to that chilling September day.

— Luke Davies

Cineaste
A rich record and accounting of the first decade of responses by both mainstream and marginal American filmmakers.

— Corey K. Creekmur

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231148702
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/2009
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Prince is a professor of cinema at Virginia Tech, teaching film history, criticism, and theory. He is the author of numerous books, including Classical Film Violence, Movies and Meaning: An Introduction to Film, The Warrior's Camera: The Cinema of Akira Kurosawa, and Savage Cinema: Sam Peckinpah and the Rise of Ultraviolent Movies.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Theater of Mass Destruction 17

2 Shadows Once Removed 71

3 Ground Zero in Focus 124

4 Battleground Iraq 173

5 Terrorism on the Small Screen 234

6 No End in Sight 281

Appendix 1 Historical Timeline 311

Appendix 2 Filmography 325

Notes 347

Bibliography 363

Index 373

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