Unfolding amid an atmosphere of profound anxiety and disillusionment, the new American war film demonstrates a breakdown of the prevailing cultural narratives that had come to characterize conflict in the previous century. In the wake of 9/11, both the nature of military conflict and the symbolic frameworks that surround it have been dramatically reshaped.
The New American War Film
charts society’s shifting attitudes toward violent conflict and what is broadly considered to be its acceptable repercussions. Drawing attention to changes in gender dynamics and the focus on war’s lasting psychological effects within films such as The Hurt Locker
, Zero Dark Thirty
, Eye in the Sky
, American Sniper
, and others, author Robert Burgoyne analyzes how cinema both reflects and reveals the makeup of the national imaginary.
The Hurt Locker (2008)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Spanish–American War films of Thomas Edison’s 1898-99 series
Eye in the Sky (2015)
American Sniper (2014)
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
A Private War (2018)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Restrepo (2010 film)
Infidel (2010 photo series)
Into the Korengal (2010 photo series)
Sleeping Soldiers—single screen (2009 short video, Tim Hetherington)
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