Terrorism in American Cinema: An Analytical Filmography, 1960-2008

Terrorism in American Cinema: An Analytical Filmography, 1960-2008

by Robert Cettl

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Terrorism in American Cinema: An Analytical Filmography, 1960-2008 by Robert Cettl

The American cinema of terrorism, although coming to prominence primarily in the 1970s amidst high-profile Palestinian terrorist activity, actually dates back to the beginnings of the Cold War. But this early terrorist cinema was centered largely around the Bomb—who had it, who would use it, when—and differs greatly from the terrorist cinema that would follow. Changing world events soon broadened the cinema of terrorism to address emerging international conflicts, including Black September, pre–9/11 Middle Eastern conflicts, and the post–9/11 “War on Terror.” This analytical filmography of American terrorist films establishes terrorist cinema as a unique subgenre with distinct thematic narrative and stylistic trends. It covers all major American films dealing with terrorism, from Otto Preminger’s Exodus (1960) to Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies (2008).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786441556
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 09/30/2009
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Librarian, film historian and freelance author Robert Cettl lives in South Australia. He is a full member of the Australian Society of Authors and operates the DVD review site (www.widerscreenings.com).

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