9781903364383

Visions of the Apocalypse : Spectacles of Destruction in American Cinema

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  • ISBN13:

    9781903364383

  • ISBN10:

    1903364388

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-09-01
  • Publisher: Columbia Univ Pr

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Summary

Visions of the Apocalypse examines the cinema's fascination with the prospect of nuclear and/or natural annihilation, as seen in such films as Saving Private Ryan, Bowling for Columbine, We Were Soldiers, Invasion U.S.A., The Last War, Tidal Wave, The Bed Sitting Room, The Last Days of Man on Earth and numerous others. It also considers the ways in which contemporary cinema has become increasingly hyper-conglomerised, leading to films with ever- higher budgets and fewer creative risks. In so doing, the author discusses such topics as the death of film itself, to be replaced by digital video; the political and social tensions that have made these visions of infinite destruction so appealing to the public; and the new wave of Hollywood war films, coupled with escapist comedies, in the post-9/11 era. Encompassing questions of both physical and filmic mortality, Visions of the Apocalypse is a meditation on the questions of time, memory and the cinema's seemingly unending appetite for spectacles of destruction.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction: The Tyranny of Images 1(20)
Freedom from Choice
21(38)
Invasion U.S.A.
59(38)
The Limits of Time
97(33)
Coda: The Copenhagen Defense 130(15)
Works Cited 145(14)
Index 159

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