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Film and Television After 9/11

Wheeler W. Dixon SIU Press, 2004 - Performing Arts - 262 pages 0 Reviews

In Film and Television After 9/11, editor Wheeler Winston Dixon and eleven other distinguished film scholars discuss the production, reception, and distribution of Hollywood and foreign films after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and examine how moviemaking has changed to reflect the new world climate.

While some contemporary films offer escapism, much of mainstream American cinema since 9/11 is centered on the desire for a ?just war” in which military reprisals and escalation of warfare appear to be both inevitable and justified. Films of 2002 such as Black Hawk Down, Collateral Damage, and We Were Soldiers demonstrate a renewed audience appetite for narratives of conflict, reminiscent of the wave of filmmaking that surrounded American involvement in World War II.

The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon galvanized the American public initially, yet film critics wonder how this will play out over time. Film and Television After 9/11 is the first book to provide original insights into topics ranging from the international reception of post-9/11 American cinema, re-viewing films of our shared cinematic past in light of the attacks, and exploring parallels between post-9/11 cinema and World War II-era productions.

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Introduction Something Lost Film after 911 1 Architectural Nostalgia and the New York City Skyline on Film 29 The Shadow of the World Trade Center Is Climbing My Memory of Civilization 42 Representing Atrocity From the Holocaust to September 11 63 America under Attack Pearl Harbor 911 and History in the Media 79 City Films Modern Spatiality and the End of the World Trade Center 101 Today Is the Longest Day of My Life 24 as Mirror Narrative of 911 121 The HowTo Manual the Prequel and the Sequel in Post911 Cinema 142 The Fascination of the Abomination The Censored Images of 911 163 Mohsen Makhmalbafs Kandahar Lifting a Veil on Afghanistan 178 Reel Terror Post 911 201 Survivors in The West Wing 911 and the United States of Emergency 226 Contributors 247 Index 251 Copyright

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About the author (2004)

The James Ryan Endowed Professor of Film Studies, Wheeler Winston Dixon is a filmmaker, professor of English, and coordinator of the film studies program at the University of Nebraska. He is the author or editor of twenty-two books (most recently Visions of the Apocalypse and Collected Interviews: Voices from Twentieth-Century Cinema), the editor-in-chief of the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and the series editor for SUNY Press's Cultural Studies in Cinema/Video series.

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Title Film and Television After 9/11
Film and Television After 9/11, Wheeler W. Dixon Editor Wheeler W. Dixon Publisher SIU Press, 2004 ISBN 080932556X, 9780809325566 Length 262 pages Subjects Performing Arts  › Film  › History & Criticism

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