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The Cinema of Michael WinterbottomBorders, Intimacy, Terror$
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Bruce Bennett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167376

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167376.001.0001

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Borders and Terror

Borders and Terror

(p.152) Chapter Four Borders and Terror
The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom

Bruce Bennett

Columbia University Press

This chapter looks at the depiction of the War on Terror in Michael Winterbottom’s The Shock Doctrine (2009), In this World (2002), A Mighty Heart (2007), and The Road to Guantánamo (2006). These films eschew the martial spectacle, seductive carnage, and oppositional moral framing of the conventional war film. Instead, they focus on combat and the ideologically and narratively restrictive perspective of the soldier’s experience in order to concentrate on marginal figures caught up in the wave of violence, racism, and paranoia that travelled across the globe in the wake of the 2001 attacks. In their orientation around marginal figures, Winterbottom’s films recognise the impossibility of producing a comprehensive, fully coherent account of the war, and instead they make visible bodies and make audible voices that have been absent from, obliterated by, or terrorised and abjected by dominant accounts of war.

Keywords:   War on Terror, war films, marginal figures, 2001 attacks, war accounts

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