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This post-World War II survey of American cinema provides an in-depth exploration of how film acts as a powerful cultural expression of the American public's dreams and desires.
· Includes an introduction that addresses the history of the last decade and discusses events such as the attacks of September 11th, 2001, Hurricane Katrina, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the economic crisis, and the election of President Barack Obama
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Films provide a window into our society. What do recent films like In the Valley of Elah, Stop-Loss, and The Hurt Locker really say about the war in Iraq? Does the popularity of fantasy-based movies like Spiderman and the Harry Potter series mean Americans are suffering from escapism?About the Author:
Leonard Quart is professor emeritus of cinema studies at the College of Staten Island, Staten Island, NY, and at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY, and a contributing editor of Cineaste.
Alber Auster is associate professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University Lincoln Center, New York, NY.
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