Terrorism in American Cinema

An Analytical Filmography, 1960–2008


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About the Book

The American cinema of terrorism, although coming to prominence primarily in the 1970s amidst high-profile Palestinian terrorist activity, actually dates back to the beginnings of the Cold War. But this early terrorist cinema was centered largely around the Bomb—who had it, who would use it, when—and differs greatly from the terrorist cinema that would follow. Changing world events soon broadened the cinema of terrorism to address emerging international conflicts, including Black September, pre–9/11 Middle Eastern conflicts, and the post–9/11 “War on Terror.” This analytical filmography of American terrorist films establishes terrorist cinema as a unique subgenre with distinct thematic narrative and stylistic trends. It covers all major American films dealing with terrorism, from Otto Preminger’s Exodus (1960) to Ridley Scott’s Body of Lies (2008).

About the Author(s)

Librarian, film historian and freelance author Robert Cettl lives in South Australia. He is a full member of the Australian Society of Authors and operates the DVD review site (www.widerscreenings.com).

Bibliographic Details

Robert Cettl
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 320
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4155-6
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5442-6
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Introduction      3


Notes      297

Bibliography      301

Index      303

Book Reviews & Awards

“students and readers interested in media and film studies will find this resource particularly useful”—ARBA; “this book provides a useful service in defining a workable understanding of terrorism from the Cold War to the present…recommended”—Reference Reviews.