Post-9/11 Cinema: Through a Lens Darkly

Post-9/11 Cinema: Through a Lens Darkly

by John Markert
     
 

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Covering cinematic portrayals of 9/11 and the subsequent incursions into Iraq and Afghanistan, Post-9/11 Cinema: Through a Lens Darkly examines both dramas and documentaries that depict what some have termed "Bush's war," as well as rebuttal films, films about terrorist activities, and films seen from the vantage point of journalists and military personnel. This… See more details below

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Covering cinematic portrayals of 9/11 and the subsequent incursions into Iraq and Afghanistan, Post-9/11 Cinema: Through a Lens Darkly examines both dramas and documentaries that depict what some have termed "Bush's war," as well as rebuttal films, films about terrorist activities, and films seen from the vantage point of journalists and military personnel. This book not only shows how motion pictures reflect societal values but also how such works can influence social attitudes and thus promote change. In addition, Markert appraises the film industry and critiques how images are manipulated to sway the viewer to appreciate the side being advocated.

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Sociologist Markert (Cumberland Univ.) examines 210 feature-length films and documentaries depicting 9/11 and the subsequent military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. He divides these films into three categories: dealing with the enemy; depicting 9/11 events; and, the largest category, the war on the ground. Markert begins with a discussion of reflection/refraction theories exploring the extent to which film both mirrors and shapes societal values and attitudes. Next comes a dialectical film analysis focusing on three time periods: early post-9/11 films appearing between 2001 and 2004, which are primarily concerned with demonizing the enemy and commemorating the heroics of the victims and those rendering assistance; a transitional period between 2004 and 2005, when films began providing an alternative interpretation of the war; and finally, post-2006 films, of which the vast majority provide a darker, more critical, nuanced analysis of US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. While it is difficult to argue that films changed social attitudes, Markert demonstrates how films, especially documentaries, contributed to the public debate by maintaining interest and providing a dissenting perspective that eventually countered the war on terror and weapons of mass destruction rhetoric of the Bush administration. A welcome addition to mass media, film studies, and cultural sociology collections. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries.
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Sociologist Markert (Cumberland Univ.) examines 210 feature-length films and documentaries depicting 9/11 and the subsequent military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. He divides these films into three categories: dealing with the enemy; depicting 9/11 events; and, the largest category, the war on the ground. Markert begins with a discussion of reflection/refraction theories exploring the extent to which film both mirrors and shapes societal values and attitudes. Next comes a dialectical film analysis focusing on three time periods: early post-9/11 films appearing between 2001 and 2004, which are primarily concerned with demonizing the enemy and commemorating the heroics of the victims and those rendering assistance; a transitional period between 2004 and 2005, when films began providing an alternative interpretation of the war; and finally, post-2006 films, of which the vast majority provide a darker, more critical, nuanced analysis of US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. While it is difficult to argue that films changed social attitudes, Markert demonstrates how films, especially documentaries, contributed to the public debate by maintaining interest and providing a dissenting perspective that eventually countered the war on terror and weapons of mass destruction rhetoric of the Bush administration. A welcome addition to mass media, film studies, and cultural sociology collections. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries.

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ISBN-13:
9780810881358
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/05/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
392
File size:
27 MB
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