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Visions of the Apocalypse - Spectacles of Destruction in American Cinema : Film Studies - Wheeler Winston Dixon

Visions of the Apocalypse - Spectacles of Destruction in American Cinema

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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. Along the way, 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 both questions of 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.

Industry Reviews

A dynamic and provocative new book, which challenges its readers with some unsettling arguments.--Daniel Herbert, University of Southern California "film-philosophy.com "
Dixon takes on grand themes in this slim volume, no less than the 'end of cinema.'--Richard Ascarate "Film Quarterly "
[Dixon's] analysis of films, many of them undeservedly neglected, is often enlightening; and his assessment of contemporary business practices in Hollywood is refreshing.--Choice

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Tyranny of Imagesp. 1
Freedom from Choicep. 21
Invasion U.S.A.p. 59
The Limits of Timep. 97
Coda: The Copenhagen Defensep. 130
Works Citedp. 145
Indexp. 159
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781903364741
ISBN-10: 1903364744
Series: Film Studies
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 17th September 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.7  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.32

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