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Parallel Lines: Post-9/11 American Cinema

Guy Westwell


This book describes how post-9/11 cinema, from Spike Lee's 25th Hour (2002) to Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty (2012), relates to different, and competing, versions of US national identity in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The book combines readings of individual films (World Trade Center, United 93, Fahrenheit 9/11, Loose Change) and cycles of films (depicting revenge, conspiracy, torture, and war) with extended commentary on recurring themes, including the relationship between the US and the rest of the world, narratives of therapeutic recovery, questions of ethica ... More

Keywords: 9/11, Spike Lee, Kathryn Bigelow, revenge, conspiracy, torture, war, Abu Ghraib, Obama

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231172035
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231172035.001.0001


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Guy Westwell, author

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