New PDF release: Cinema Wars: Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush-Cheney
By Douglas Kellner
Cinema Wars explores the intersection of movie, politics, and US tradition and society via a daring serious research of the movies, television indicates, and documentaries produced within the early 2000s
* bargains a thought-provoking depiction of Hollywood movie as a contested terrain among conservative and liberal forces
* motion pictures and documentaries mentioned contain: Black Hawk Down, The Dark Knight, Star Wars, Syriana, WALL-E, Fahrenheit 9/11 and different Michael Moore documentaries, among others
* Explores how a few motion pictures during this period supported the Bush-Cheney regime, whereas others criticized the management, brazenly or otherwise
* Investigates Hollywood’s remedy of a variety of scorching subject matters, from terrorism and environmental main issue to the Iraq conflict and the tradition wars of the 2000s
* exhibits how Hollywood movie within the 2000s dropped at lifestyles a colourful array of social protest and helped create cultural stipulations to decide on Barack Obama
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Extra info for Cinema Wars: Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush-Cheney Era
Political discourses are often relational, opposing contrasting positions in a specific historical situation over war or militarism, gender or sexuality, religion or the state. There may, of course, be more than two opposing political positions, but in mainstream corporate media and entertainment it is roughly a contrast between liberal and conservative discourses, although more radical discourses may emerge and there are frequently levels of contradiction and ambiguity. From this diagnostic perspective, Hollywood films provide important cinematic visions concerning the psychological, sociopolitical, and ideological make-up of US society at a given point in history.
Serious amounts of money are invested in the production of films and television, so they must resonate with audiences and often anticipate what people are thinking about, fantasizing, or yearning for. German writer Siegfried Kracauer, once close to Benjamin and Adorno, laid bare the historical-political allegorical dimension of film and provided one of the first systematic studies of how films articulate social, political, and psychological content. His classic book From Caligari to Hitler: A Psychological History of the German Film (1947) argues that German interwar films reveal a highly authoritarian disposition to submit to social authority and a fear of emerging chaos.
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Cinema Wars: Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush-Cheney Era by Douglas Kellner