Cinema Wars Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush-Cheney Era

ISBN-10: 1405198249

ISBN-13: 9781405198240

Edition: 2010

Authors: Douglas M. Kellner

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Cinema Wars explores the intersection of film, politics, and US culture and society through a bold critical analysis of the films, TV shows, and documentaries produced in the early 2000s.Offers a thought-provoking depiction of Hollywood film as a contested terrain between conservative and liberal forces Films and documentaries discussed include: Black Hawk Down, The Dark Knight, Star Wars, Syriana, WALL-E, Fahrenheit 9/11 and other Michael Moore documentaries, and many more. Explores how some films in this era were supportive of the Bush-Cheney regime, while others criticized the administration, openly or otherwise Investigates Hollywood's treatment of a range of hot topics, from terrorism and environmental crisis to the Iraq war and the culture wars of the 2000s. Shows how Hollywood film in the 2000s brought to life a vibrant array of social protest and helped create cultural conditions to elect Barack Obama
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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 11/27/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Douglas Kellner is the George F. Kneller Chair in the philosophy of education at UCLA and author of numerous books.

List of Plates
Introduction: Film, Politics, and Society
Hollywood Film as a Contested Terrain
Cinema, Politics, and Social History: From Cinematic Realism to Allegory
Hollywood Film and the Contemporary Moment: Signs of the Times
Reading Film Diagnostically: Imagining Obama in This Book
Confronting the Horrors of the Bush-Cheney Era: From Documentary to Allegory
The Golden Age of Documentary
Real Disaster Films: From an Inconvenient Truth and Environmental Documentaries to Animated Allegories
Allegories of Catastrophe: Social Apocalypse in Disaster, Horror, and Fantasy Films
Hollywood's 9/11 and Spectacles of Terror
9/11 as Disaster Film and Spectacle of Terror
Representations of 9/11 in Hollywood Film: United 93 and World Trade Center
Disney Television Republican Propaganda: The Path to 9/11
Hollywood's Terror War
Michael Moore's Provocations
Michael Moore, Emile de Antonio, and the Politics of Documentary Film
Roger and Me and the Documentary of Personal Witnessing
Bowling For Columbine and Exploratory Documentary Montage
Fahrenheit 9/11 and Partisan Interventionist Cinema Sicko and the Michael Moore Genre
Hollywood Political Critiques of the Bush-Cheney Regime: From Thrillers to Fantasy and Satire
The Hollywood Political Thriller against the Bush-Cheney Regime
Star Wars Prequels as Anti-Bush-Cheney Allegory from Satire to Dystopia
The Cinematic Iraq War
Documenting Iraq
Interpreting the Iraq Fiasco
Iraq and its Aftermath in Fiction Films
Conclusion: Hollywood Cinema Wars in the 2000s
Critical Representations
History Lessons
Final Reflections
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