Post-9/11 Cinema: Through a Lens Darkly

Post-9/11 Cinema: Through a Lens Darkly

by John Markert


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Post-9/11 Cinema: Through a Lens Darkly by John Markert

In contemporary society, cinema has become a primary way in which people gain knowledge about world events. Films often go beyond news reports by showing in-depth, behind-the-scenes footage, whether in a documentary or in fictional features. More than fleeting scenes of events shown on the nightly news, a film can influence people's feelings about war and what political leaders should do about If. This has certainly been the case since the attack on 9/11 and the subsequent incursions into Iraq and Afghanistan.

In Post-9/11 Cinema: Through a Lens Darkly, John Markert takes a close look at depicting 9/11 and the attacks that followed. This book examines both dramas and documentaries that portray what some have termed "Bush's war," as films, films about terrorist activities, and films seen from the vantage point of journalists and military personnel, Post-9/11 Cinema shows how motion pictures not only reflect societal values but also influence social attitudes and thus promote change. In addition Markert appraises the film industry and critiques how images are manipulated to sway the viewer toward the side being advocated.

Examining such dramas as The Messenger, Stop-Loss, The Lucky Ones, in the Valley of Elah, and The Hurt Locker, as well as documentaries including Fahrenheit 9/11, Soldiers of Conscience, and Taxi to the Dark Side, this book will be valuable for professors of media and mass communication, popular culture, and film studies, as well as cultural socialists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810881341
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/16/2011
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Markert is associate professor of sociology at Cumberland University and has published numerous articles analyzing aspects of the media. He is the author of The Social Impact of Sexual Harassment (2010).

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction xiii

1 Cinema Simplicity: Heroes and Villains 1

2 The Cinematic Dialectic: Movies Begin to Debate the Wars 57

3 The Dialectic Rages On: Documentary Films 2006-2010 49

4 Fictional Features Belatedly Appear 209

5 Conclusion 311

Selected Bibliography 329

Index 341

About the Author 349

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