Film and Digital History / Theory / Criticism

Wheeler Winston Dixon

"[A] vital anthology. . . . Uniformly excellent, the informed, closely argued, and clearly written essays collected here demonstrate how popular

films reflect not just the open issues of their day but its sunken anxieties. . . . Essential [for] all levels." - Choice


"No one book, no one movie has ever been able to capture the Holocaust, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, or even such 'small' events as the Hindenburg explosion or the Lindbergh kidnapping. The same will be true of the events of 9/11. The collection of essays in Film and Television After 9/11, however, presents a series of important reflections about the events surrounding that day. By focusing on two television programs and films in process prior to the event, the authors of these essays present us with 'ways in' to the horrors of the catastrophic event, aspects of its aftermath, and, maybe, most important, readings of our culture that presage and comment on not only the event but threads woven into the fabric of our culture." - Gerald Duchovnay, editor, Post Script


In Film and Television After 9/11, editor Wheeler Winston Dixon and eleven other distinguished film scholars discuss the production, reception, and distribution of Hollywood and foreign films after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and examine how moviemaking has changed to reflect the new world climate.


While some films offer escapism, much mainstream American cinema since 9/11 is centered on the desire for a "just war" in which military reprisals and escalation of warfare appear to be both inevitable and justified. Films such as Black Hawk Down, Collateral Damage, and We Were Soldiers demonstrate a renewed audience appetite for narratives of conflict, reminiscent of the wave of filmmaking that surrounded American involvement in World War II.


The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon galvanized the American public initially, yet film critics wonder how this will play out in over time. Film and Television After 9/11 is the first book to provide original insights into topics ranging from the international reception of post-9/11 American cinema, re-viewing films of our shared cinematic past in light of the attacks, and exploring parallels between post-9/11 cinema and World War II-era productions.


Contents and Contributors

Introduction: Something Lost - Film After 9/11

Wheeler Winston Dixon

Architectural Nostalgia and the New York City Skyline on Film

Steven Jay Schneider

The Shadow of the World Trade Center is Climbing My Memory of Civilization

Murray Pomerance

Representing Atrocity: From the Holocaust to September 11

David Sterritt

"America Under Attack": Pearl Harbor, 9/11, and History in the Media"

Marcia Landy

City Films, Modern Spatiality, and the End of the World Trade Center

Juan A. Suárez

"Today is the Longest Day of My Life": 24 as Mirror Narrative of 9/11

Ina Rae Hark

The How-to Manual, the Prequel, and the Sequel in Post-9/11 Cinema

Rebecca Bell-Metereau

The Fascination of the Abomination: The Censored Images of 9/11

Mikita Brottman

Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Kandahar: Lifting a Veil on Afghanistan

Philip Mosley

Reel Terror Post 9/11

Jonathan Markovitz

Survivors in the West Wing: 9/11 and the United States of Emergency

Isabelle Freda