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A 'toxic genre' : the Iraq War films

Author: Martin Barker
Publisher: London : Pluto Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Over the last five years, a cycle of films has emerged addressing the ongoing Iraq conflict. A few became well-known and one of them, The Hurt Locker, won a string of Oscars. But many others disappeared into obscurity. What is it about these films that led Variety to dub them a 'toxic genre'? Martin Baker analyses the production and reception of these recent Iraq war films. Among the issues he examines are the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Barker
ISBN: 9780745331300 0745331300 9780745331294 0745331297
OCLC Number: 747034007
Description: vii, 192 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The disappearing Iraq War films --
No true glory : the film that never was --
Constructing an "Iraq War experience" --
From doughboys to grunts : the "American soldier" --
Understanding film "failures" --
Bringing the war home --
Explaining the Iraq War --
Producing a "toxic genre" --
Free-riders and outliers --
Latino grunts : the new victim-heroes --
The hurt locker and beyond.
Responsibility: Martin Barker.
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Analyses the production and reception of recent Iraq war films, asking why they have become known as a 'Toxic Genre'.  Read more...

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A critical, multidimensional analysis of how film culture deals with war and politics. Clearly written, broadly informed, and engagingly insightful. -- Michael Parenti, author of God and His Demons Read more...

 
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