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American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11
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A comprehensive critical survey of the impact of 9/11 on Film, written by some of the foremost scholars in American cinema.

American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11 is a ground-breaking collection of essays by some of the foremost scholars writing in the field of contemporary American film. Through a dynamic critical analysis of the defining films of the turbulent post-9/11 decade, the volume explores and interrogates the impact of 9/11 and the 'War on Terror' on American cinema and culture. In a vibrant discussion of films like American Sniper (2014), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Spectre (2015), The Hateful Eight (2015), Lincoln (2012), The Mist (2007), Children of Men (2006), Edge of Tomorrow (2014) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), noted authors Geoff King, Guy Westwell, John Shelton Lawrence, Ian Scott, Andrew Schopp, James Kendrick, Sean Redmond, Steffen Hantke and many others consider the power of popular film to function as a potent cultural artefact, able to both reflect the defining fears and anxieties of the tumultuous era, but also shape them in compelling and resonant ways.

Key Features

  • Fifteen original essays by some of the foremost scholars in American Cinema
  • Features essays on the key films of the era, along with many that have previously been overlooked in scholarly literature
  • The volume is critically informed but vibrant and engaging
  • Includes chapters by Geoff King, Guy Westwell, John Shelton Lawrence and Robert Jewett, Ian Scott, Andrew Schopp, James Kendrick, Sean Redmond, Steffen Hantke and many others
Case Studies
  • AmericanEast (Hesham Issawi, 2008)
  • American Sniper (Clint Eastwood, 2014)
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron (Joss Whedon, 2015)
  • Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)
  • Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)
  • Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino, 2012)
  • Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman, 2014)
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Stephen Daldry, 2011)
  • Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)
  • Halloween (Rob Zombie, 2007)
  • Halloween II (Rob Zombie, 2009)
  • The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino, 2015)
  • Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
  • The Kingdom (Peter Berg, 2007)
  • Lincoln (Steven Spielberg, 2012)
  • Marvel Avengers Assemble (Joss Whedon, 2012) U.S Title The Avengers
  • Pearl Harbour (Michael Bay, 2001)
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Mira Nair, 2012)
  • RoboCop (Paul Verhoeven, 1987)
  • RoboCop (José Padilha, 2014)
  • The Siege (Edward Zwick, 1998)
  • Source Code (Duncan Jones, 2011)
  • Spectre (Sam Mendes, 2015)
  • Unstoppable (Tony Scott, 2011)
  • The Walk (Robert Zemeckis, 2015)
  • The War Within (Joseph Castrello, 2005)
  • Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)

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