2006: movies and crisis

Morris, Nigel (2012) 2006: movies and crisis. In: American cinema of the 2000s: themes and variations. Screen Decades: American Culture/ American Cinema . Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and London, pp. 147-171. ISBN 9780813552811 (hardcover), 9780813552828 (pbk), 9780813553238 (e-book)

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One of ten essays covering how American films in each of the years 2000-2009 responded to the turbulent decade framed, at one end, by the traumatic catastrophe of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and, at the other, by the election of the first African American president of the United States. In between, the United States and the world witnessed the rapid expansion of new media and the Internet, such natural disasters as Hurricane Katrina, political upsisings around the world, and a massive meltdown of world economies.

Amid these crises and revolutions, American films responded in multiple ways, sometimes directly reflecting these turbulent times, and sometimes directly couching history in traditional genres and stories.

This chapter comprises detailed examination of four pairs of films in their immediate historical context.

Keywords:global warming, War on Terror, Sadam Hussein, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Israel, Palestine, Islam, sub-prime mortgages, George W. Bush, Blu Ray, art house film, Little Miss Sunshine, Spike Lee, Inside Man, Dreamgirls, race, United 93, World Trade Center, Paul Greengrass, Oliver Stone, dramadoc, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Clint Eastwood, World War Two, Joe Rosenthal, The Prestige, Christopher Nolan, The Illusionist, Neil Burger, magic, Inland Empire, David Lynch, An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
ID Code:6515
Deposited On:09 Oct 2012 17:10

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