American Cinema of the 2000s: Themes and Variations (Screen Decades: American Culture/American Cinema)

American Cinema of the 2000s: Themes and Variations (Screen Decades: American Culture/American Cinema)

By: Timothy Corrigan (editor), Bob Rehak (contributor), Dina Smith (contributor), Alter Alter (contributor), Linda Ruth Williams (contributor), Sharon Willis (contributor), Timothy Corrigan (contributor), Morris Morris (contributor), Thomas Schatz (contributor), Anna Everett (contributor)Hardback

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The decade from 2000 to 2009 is 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 uprisings 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 indirectly couching history in traditional genres and stories. In American Cinema of the 2000s , essays from ten top film scholars examine such popular series as the groundbreaking Matrix films and the gripping adventures of former CIA covert operative Jason Bourne; new, offbeat films like Juno; and the resurgence of documentaries like Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. Each essay demonstrates the complex ways in which American culture and American cinema are bound together in subtle and challenging ways. | The decade from 2000 to 2009 is 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 uprisings 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 indirectly couching history in traditional genres and stories. In American Cinema of the 2000s , essays from ten top film scholars examine such popular series as the groundbreaking Matrix films and the gripping adventures of former CIA covert operative Jason Bourne; new, offbeat films like Juno; and the resurgence of documentaries like Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. Each essay demonstrates the complex ways in which American culture and American cinema are bound together in subtle and challenging ways.

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TIMOTHY CORRIGAN is a professor of English and cinema studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His many books include New German Film: The Displaced Image ; A Cinema without Walls: Movies and Culture after Vietnam ; and The Essay Film: From Montaigne, After Marker . He is the editor of the journal Adaptation and an editorial board member of Cinema Journal .

Contents

Acknowledgments Timeline Introduction 2000 Movies, Anti-Climaxes, and Disenchantments 2001 Movies, Smart Films, and Dumb Stories 2002 Movies and Melancholy 2003 Movies, "Shock and Awe," and the Troubled Blockbuster 2004 Movies and Spectacle in a Political Year 2005 Movies, Terror, and the American Family 2006 Movies and Crisis 2007 Movies and the Art of Living Dangerously 2008 Movies and a Hollywood Too Big to Fail 2009 Movies, a Nation, and New Identities Select Academy Awards, 2000-2009 Works Cited and Consulted Contributors Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/05/2012
  • ISBN13: 9780813552811
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780813552811
  • weight: 654
  • ISBN10: 0813552818

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