By Douglas M. Kellner
Cinema Wars explores the intersection of movie, politics, and US tradition and society via a daring severe research of the flicks, television indicates, and documentaries produced within the early 2000s
Offers a thought-provoking depiction of Hollywood movie as a contested terrain among conservative and liberal forcesContent:
Chapter 1 Confronting the Horrors of the Bush?Cheney period: From Documentary to Allegory (pages 51–97):
Chapter 2 Hollywood's 11th of September and Spectacles of Terror (pages 98–131):
Chapter three Michael Moore's Provocations (pages 132–162):
Chapter four Hollywood Political reviews of the Bush?Cheney Regime: From Thrillers to myth and Satire (pages 163–198):
Chapter five The Cinematic Iraq conflict (pages 199–238):
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A series in the Washington Post under the rubric “Angler” documented the unprecedented role Dick Cheney played in the Bush presidency. See www. com/cheney/ and the book Angler based on this series by Gellman (2008). For more critical analysis of Cheney, see Nichols (2004) and Mayer (2008). terror/index. html (accessed September 18, 2008). htm (accessed September 18, 2008). indd 42 9/10/2009 7:50:52 AM Introduction: Film, Politics, and Society 43 3 4 5 6 public service films, and not mandating specific themes or films (see McCrisken and Pepper 2005: 204f).
In the 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate (see chapter 4) the Washington character rescues the polity from corporate and political conspiracies, as he did earlier in Alan J. Pakula’s The Pelican Brief (1993) and Edward Zwick’s The Siege (1998) (Coyne 2008: 195). Receiving three Golden Globe awards and two Academy Awards for his work, Washington is recognized as one of the most acclaimed and popular actors of our time. The recent trajectory of Will Smith also shows how a man of color can play roles previously reserved for white actors.
Indd 34 9/10/2009 7:50:51 AM Introduction: Film, Politics, and Society 35 context to help situate and interpret key films. Much as Walter Benjamin used the poetry of Charles Baudelaire to illuminate the scene of Paris in the mid-nineteenth century, we can use films to provide critical insight and knowledge about the present historical era. 47 Critical study of film, many have argued, may provide privileged insight into how people behave, look, and act in a particular era, as well as their dreams, nightmares, fantasies, and hopes.
Cinema Wars: Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush-Cheney Era by Douglas M. Kellner