1st Edition

Cinema and Popular Geo-politics

ISBN 9780415463775
Published December 24, 2007 by Routledge
222 Pages

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Book Description

With a detailed range of approaches, this new collection investigates how cinematic narratives can and have been used to portray different political 'threats' and 'dangers'.

Including a range of chapters with a contemporary focus, it studies issues such as:

  • how the geopolitical world has been constructed through film
  • how cinema can provide explanatory narratives in periods of cultural and political anxiety, uneasiness and uncertainty.

Examining the ways in which film impacts upon popular understandings of national identity and the changing geopolitical world, the book looks at how audiences make sense of the (geo)political messages and meanings contained within a variety of films - from the US productions of Hollywood, to Palestinian, Mexican, British, and German cinematic traditions. This thought-provoking book draws on an international range of contributions to discuss and fully investigate world cinema in light of key contemporary issues.

This book was previously published as a special issue of Geopolitics.

Table of Contents

1. Frames of Reference on the Geopolitical Stage: Hollywood film and the World War II/Gulf War II intertext Andrew Crampton and Marcus Power 2. Inscribing the American Body: Martin Sheen and two American decades Simon Philpott 3. Nobody Does It Better? A popular geopolitics of James Bond, 1962-1967 Klaus Dodds 4. The Demise of 'International Relations': America's western palimpsest Michael J. Shapiro 5. Staging the Border: National identity and the popular geopolitics of West German film Inga Scharf 6. Confronting the Geopolitical Aesthetic: Frederic Jameson, The Perfumed Nightmare and the perilous place of third cinema Deborah Dixon and Leo Zonn 7. Palestinian "Roadblock" Movies Nurith Gertz and George Khleifi 8. Geopolitics and Cinema in Bosnia Gerard Toal 9. Stories of the Other Globalization: Migration and recent film Roger Bromley

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Andrew Crampton is Senior Lecturer Department of International Studies, Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Marcus Power is at the Department of Geography, University of Durham, UK.