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Title The Depiction of Terrorists in Blockbuster Hollywood Films 1980 2001
Author Helena Vanhala
Publisher McFarland
Release Date 2011-04-13
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 363
ISBN 9780786456901
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book examines how American foreign policy and the commercial film industry’s economic interests influenced the portrayal of international terrorism in Hollywood blockbuster films from the time of the Iran hostage crisis to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Part I provides a historical overview of modern international terrorism and how it relates to the United States, its news media, and its film industry. Part II covers depictions of terrorism during the Cold War under President Reagan, including films like Commando and Iron Eagle. Part III covers the Hollywood terrorist after the Cold War, including European terrorists in the Die Hard franchise, Passenger 57, Patriot Games, Blown Away, The Jackal and Ronin; fundamentalist Islamic terrorists in True Lies and Executive Decision; the return of the communist threat in Air Force One; and 9/11 foreshadowing in The Siege.

Jihadism by Rüdiger Lohlker

Title Jihadism
Author Rüdiger Lohlker
Publisher V&R unipress GmbH
Release Date 2013-01
Category Social Science
Total Pages 255
ISBN 9783847100683
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Jihadi online media try to mobilize, recruit, and disseminate the messages of jihadi subcultures. Understanding the mechanisms and structures of the products of these online media is essential for understanding jihadism in general. Original research into visual representations of jihadi media outlets, the subtleties of jihadi videos, the specific ways jihadis use Islamic religious language, into jihadi poetry, and the ways jihadis stage their concepts in videos of kangaroo trials is presented in this volume. Jihadis as part of the imagery of global media production is another aspect of representations of jihadism described in one of the contributions.

Title Talkies Road Movies and Chick Flicks
Author Heidi Wilkins
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Release Date 2016-02-19
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 216
ISBN 9781474406901
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The representation of gender in film remains an intensely debated topic, particularly in academic considerations of US mainstream cinema where it is often perceived as perpetuating rigid, binary views of gender, and reinforcing patriarchal, dominant notions of masculinity and femininity. While previous scholarly discussion has focused on visual or narrative portrayals of gender, this book considers the ways that film sound "e; music, voice, sound effects and silence "e; is used to represent gender. Taking a socio-historical approach, Heidi Wilkins investigates a range of popular US genres including screwball comedy, the road movie and chick flicks to explore the ways that film sound can reinforce traditional assumptions about masculinity and femininity, impart ambivalent meanings to them, or even challenge and subvert the notion of gender itself. Case studies include His Girl Friday, Easy Rider and Bridesmaids.

Cinematic Terror by Tony Shaw

Title Cinematic Terror
Author Tony Shaw
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date 2014-11-20
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 328
ISBN 9781441158093
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Cinematic Terror takes a uniquely long view of filmmakers' depiction of terrorism, examining how cinema has been a site of intense conflict between paramilitaries, state authorities and censors for well over a century. In the process, it takes us on a journey from the first Age of Terror that helped trigger World War One to the Global War on Terror that divides countries and families today. Tony Shaw looks beyond Hollywood to pinpoint important trends in the ways that film industries across Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East have defined terrorism down the decades. Drawing on a vast array of studio archives, government documentation, personal interviews and box office records, Shaw examines the mechanics of cinematic terrorism and challenges assumptions about the links between political violence and propaganda.

Title The Disguised Political Film in Contemporary Hollywood
Author Betty Kaklamanidou
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date 2016-10-20
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 224
ISBN 9781501322310
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

With strict guidelines on methodology and time frame -- films produced after September 2001, and a socio-semiotic theoretical framework -- Betty Kaklamanidou unpacks the problematic terms and ideas that go along with defining a new genre. Kaklamanidou considers a different sub-genre per chapter, placing each group of films in their socio-historical context to reach conclusions about the production of political films in millennial Hollywood. In shifting the terms of the debate, The "Disguised" Political Film in Contemporary Hollywood offers a fresh, new approach to the subject of the political film. The political film is not a clearly delineated object but rather an elusive one and resistant to clear boundaries. So, what is a political film? Can The Hunger Games (2012) belong to the same category as Lincoln (2012)? Is Jarhead (2005) a political movie simply because it is set during the Gulf War but with no reference to the motives of the conflict and/or American and Arab relations, and thus in the same group of war films such as The Three Kings (1999), another narrative that focuses on the same military conflict but includes direct commentary to governmental and military strategies? Are historical films by definition political since the majority deals with significant events and/or people in a specific socio-cultural landscape?

Title The Black Renaissance in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures
Author K. Martial Frindethie
Publisher McFarland
Release Date 2008-04-07
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 215
ISBN 9780786436637
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This work explores the limits and prospects of Afro-Caribbean Francophone writers in reshaping or producing action-oriented literature. It shows how Francophone literatures have followed a hegemonic discourse that leaves little room for thinking outside of traditional cultural and ideological conventions. Part One explores the origins of Afro-Caribbean Francophone literature and what the author terms "griotism"--a shared heritage of awareness of biological differences, a sense of the black hero as black messiah and black people as chosen, and the promise of a common racial history. Part Two discusses the formidable grip of griotism on Fanon, Mudimbe, the champions of Creolity (Bernabe, Chamoiseau, and Confiant), and well-read African women writers (Aminata Sow Fall, and Mariama Ba). Part Three seeks to subvert the discourse of griotism in order to propose a new autonomy for Francophone African writers.

Title Race in 21st Century America
Author Curtis Stokes
Publisher MSU Press
Release Date 2001
Category Social Science
Total Pages 465
ISBN UTEXAS:059173009732319
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Race in 21st Century America tackles the problematic and emotionally laden idea of race in the United States; it brings together intellectuals and scholar activists who present critical and often conflicting appraisals of how race remains a central component of the nation's social landscape and political culture, and shows how Americans might begin to move beyond the strictures of race and racism.

Reel Bad Arabs by Jack G. Shaheen

Title Reel Bad Arabs
Author Jack G. Shaheen
Publisher Interlink Books
Release Date 2009
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 617
ISBN STANFORD:36105124175253
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A groundbreaking book that dissects a slanderous history dating from cinema's earliest days to contemporary Hollywood blockbusters that feature machine-gun wielding and bomb-blowing "evil" ArabsAward-winning film authority Jack G. Shaheen, noting that only Native Americans have been more relentlessly smeared on the silver screen, painstakingly makes his case that "Arab" has remained Hollywood's shameless shorthand for "bad guy," long after the movie industry has shifted its portrayal of other minority groups. In this comprehensive study of over one thousand films, arranged alphabetically in such chapters as "Villains," "Sheikhs," "Cameos," and "Cliffhangers," Shaheen documents the tendency to portray Muslim Arabs as Public Enemy #1--brutal, heartless, uncivilized Others bent on terrorizing civilized Westerners.Shaheen examines how and why such a stereotype has grown and spread in the film industry and what may be done to change Hollywood's defamation of Arabs.

Dreaming In Canadian by Faiza Hirji

Title Dreaming in Canadian
Author Faiza Hirji
Publisher UBC Press
Release Date 2010-10-27
Category Social Science
Total Pages 264
ISBN 9780774859714
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

As various nations wrestle with issues of immigration, integration, and pluralism, second-generation immigrants are exploring new ways to make sense of who they are and where they belong in the face of competing cultural demands. Dreaming in Canadian turns the spotlight on the role of Bollywood cinema in the production of cultural, religious, and national identities among South Asian youth in Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa. By documenting the voices of these young adults and how they draw on media in the formation of uniquely hybrid identities, this book interrogates the realities that underpin media portrayals of diaspora, nationalism, and multiculturalism.

Reel Bad Arabs by Jack Shaheen

Title Reel Bad Arabs
Author Jack Shaheen
Publisher Interlink Publishing
Release Date 2012-12-31
Category Social Science
Total Pages 617
ISBN 9781623710064
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A groundbreaking book that dissects a slanderous history dating from cinema's earliest days to contemporary Hollywood blockbusters that feature machine-gun wielding and bomb-blowing ""evil"" ArabsAward-winning film authority Jack G. Shaheen, noting that only Native Americans have been more relentlessly smeared on the silver screen, painstakingly makes his case that ""Arab"" has remained Hollywood's shameless shorthand for ""bad guy, "" long after the movie industry has shifted its portrayal of other minority groups. In this comprehensive study of over one thousand films, arranged a.

Contemporary World Cinema by Shohini Chaudhuri

Title Contemporary World Cinema
Author Shohini Chaudhuri
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2005
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 199
ISBN 0748617981
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This book provides an overview of the cinemas of Europe, the Middle East, East Asia and South Asia, interpreting some of the recent developments as strategic responses to globalisation. Highlighting transnational and cross-cultural structures, influences and themes.

Title Stephen King Goes to the Movies
Author Stephen King
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2009-01-20
Category Fiction
Total Pages 626
ISBN 9781416592365
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A collection of five short stories that have been made into movies includes "The Mangler," in which a skeptical writer investigates a supposedly haunted hotel room that has apparently caused at least forty-two deaths.

A Brief History Of Comic Book Movies by Wheeler Winston Dixon

Title A Brief History of Comic Book Movies
Author Wheeler Winston Dixon
Publisher Springer
Release Date 2017-01-05
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 98
ISBN 9783319471846
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A Brief History of Comic Book Movies traces the meteoric rise of the hybrid art form of the comic book film. These films trace their origins back to the early 1940s, when the first Batman and Superman serials were made. The serials, and later television shows in the 1950s and 60s, were for the most part designed for children. But today, with the continuing rise of Comic-Con, they seem to be more a part of the mainstream than ever, appealing to adults as well as younger fans. This book examines comic book movies from the past and present, exploring how these films shaped American culture from the post-World War II era to the present day, and how they adapted to the changing tastes and mores of succeeding generations.

Cinema Wars by Douglas M. Kellner

Title Cinema Wars
Author Douglas M. Kellner
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release Date 2011-09-13
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 296
ISBN 9781444360493
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Cinema Wars explores the intersection of film, politics, and US culture and society through a bold critical analysis of the films, TV shows, and documentaries produced in the early 2000s Offers a thought-provoking depiction of Hollywood film as a contested terrain between conservative and liberal forces Films and documentaries discussed include: Black Hawk Down, The Dark Knight, Star Wars, Syriana, WALL-E, Fahrenheit 9/11 and other Michael Moore documentaries, amongst others Explores how some films in this era supported the Bush-Cheney regime, while others criticized the administration, openly or otherwise Investigates Hollywood’s treatment of a range of hot topics, from terrorism and environmental crisis to the Iraq war and the culture wars of the 2000s Shows how Hollywood film in the 2000s brought to life a vibrant array of social protest and helped create cultural conditions to elect Barack Obama

Arabs And Muslims In The Media by Evelyn Alsultany

Title Arabs and Muslims in the Media
Author Evelyn Alsultany
Publisher NYU Press
Release Date 2012-08-20
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 227
ISBN 9780814707319
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

After 9/11, there was an increase in both the incidence of hate crimes and government policies that targeted Arabs and Muslims and the proliferation of sympathetic portrayals of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. media. Arabs and Muslims in the Media examines this paradox and investigates the increase of sympathetic images of “the enemy” during the War on Terror. Evelyn Alsultany explains that a new standard in racial and cultural representations emerged out of the multicultural movement of the 1990s that involves balancing a negative representation with a positive one, what she refers to as “simplified complex representations.” This has meant that if the storyline of a TV drama or film represents an Arab or Muslim as a terrorist, then the storyline also includes a “positive” representation of an Arab, Muslim, Arab American, or Muslim American to offset the potential stereotype. Analyzing how TV dramas such as The Practice, 24, Law and Order, NYPD Blue, and Sleeper Cell, news-reporting, and non-profit advertising have represented Arabs, Muslims, Arab Americans, and Muslim Americans during the War on Terror, this book demonstrates how more diverse representations do not in themselves solve the problem of racial stereotyping and how even seemingly positive images can produce meanings that can justify exclusion and inequality.

Title Film Piracy Organized Crime and Terrorism
Author Gregory F. Treverton
Publisher Rand Corporation
Release Date 2009
Category Organized crime
Total Pages 162
ISBN 9780833045652
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A study of the involvement of organized-crime and terrorist groups in product counterfeiting. Case studies of film piracy illustrate the problem of criminal and perhaps terrorist groups using this new high-payoff, low-risk way to fund their activities. Cooperation among law enforcement and governments worldwide is needed to combat intellectual-property theft, which threatens the global information economy, public safety, and national security.

Title Chapters of Modern Human Geographical Thought
Author Tomáš Drobík
Publisher Cambridge Scholars Pub
Release Date 2009
Category Social Science
Total Pages 189
ISBN STANFORD:36105132269049
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Collection of essays based on a lecture held at the University of Ostrava (Czech Republic), autumn 2008, by the Department of Human Geography and Regional Development.

Contemporary American Cinema by Linda Ruth Williams

Title Contemporary American Cinema
Author Linda Ruth Williams
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2006
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 548
ISBN UOM:39015064728861
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The first complete study of mainstream and nontraditional film since 1960 Indispensable to film students and general readers interested in this art form, Contemporary American Cinema culls together the writings of the world's leading film scholars to provide the first comprehensive introduction to postclassical American film. Heavily illustrated with more than 50 color and black-and-white stills, it takes a close look at all aspects of the genre, including influential movies, directors, producers, and actors. This unique and accessible resource includes two Tables of Contents, allowing readers to research chronologically or thematically. In addition, it includes a glossary of important terms, suggestions for further reading, sample essay questions, and a filmography. Subjects include: Decline of the early studio system Rise of American new-wave cinema Parallel histories of independent and underground cinema Black cinema--from the "blaxploitation" era of the 1970s to the 1990s Full history of the American blockbuster Uses and effects of new film making technologies America's ever-changing audiences Key genres and industry statistics

Steven Spielberg S America by Frederick Wasser

Title Steven Spielberg s America
Author Frederick Wasser
Publisher Polity
Release Date 2010-02-01
Category Performing Arts
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9780745640822
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Steven Spielberg is known as the most powerful man in New Hollywood and a pioneer of the contemporary blockbuster, America’s most successful export. His career began a new chapter in mass culture. At the same time, American post war liberalism was breaking down. This fascinating new book explains the complex relationship between film and politics through the prism of an iconic filmmaker. Spielberg’s early films were a triumphant emergence of the Sunbelt aesthetic that valued visceral kicks and basic emotions over the ambiguities of history. Such blockbusters have inspired much debate about their negative effect on politics and have been charged as being an expression of the corporatization of life. Here Frederick Wasser argues that the older Spielberg has not fully gone this way, suggesting that the filmmaker recycles the populist vision of older Hollywood because he sincerely believes in both big time moviemaking and liberal democracy. Nonetheless, his stories are burdened by his generation’s hostility to public life, and the book shows how he uses filmmaking tricks to keep his audience with him and to smooth over the ideological contradictions. His audiences have become more global, as his films engage history. This fresh and provocative take on Spielberg in the context of globalization, rampant market capitalism and the hardening socio-political landscape of the United States will be fascinating reading for students of film and for anyone interested in contemporary America and its culture.

Title Guilty Hollywood s Verdict on Arabs After 9 11
Author Jack G. Shaheen
Publisher Interlink Publishing
Release Date 2012-12-28
Category Social Science
Total Pages 198
ISBN 9781623710200
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"Nothing will be the same again." Americans scarred by the experience of 9/11 often express this sentiment. But what remains the same, argues Jack G. Shaheen, is Hollywood's stereotyping of Arabs. Before 9/11, Shaheen dissected Hollywood's equation of Islam and Arabs with violence in Reel Bad Arabs, his comprehensive study of over a thousand movies. Arabs and Muslims, he showed, were used as shorthand for the "Enemy" and the "Other." In his new book about films made after 9/11, Shaheen finds the same malevolent stereotypes at play. Nearly all of Hollywood's post-9/11 films legitimize a view of Arabs as stereotyped villains-sheikhs, Palestinians, or terrorists. And this happens in every type of film imaginable: one out of four of the movies profiled here have absolutely nothing to do with the Middle East, yet producers toss in weird, shady, unscrupulous Arabs. Along with an examination of a hundred recent movies, Shaheen addresses the cultural issues at play since 9/11: the government's public relations campaigns to win "hearts and minds" and the impact of 9/11 on citizens and on the imagination. He suggests that winning the "war on terror" would take shattering the century-old stereotypes of Arabs. He calls for speaking out, for more Arab Americans in the film industry, for fresh films, and for a serious effort on the part of our government to tackle this problem.