Hollywood Cinema and Representations of Evil

The Construction of Evil in Hollywood Cinema from 1989 to 2002
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ISBN-13:
9783639041873
Einband:
Paperback
Seiten:
292
Autor:
Neil Bather
Gewicht:
451 g
Format:
220x150x18 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Before the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and after theattacks on New York on 11 September 2001, Hollywood had templateson which to construct its cinematic versions of evil. But how wasevil constructed in the intervening period? And has this affectedits representation in the post 9/11 years? Through an analysis of201 of the most popular films released between 1989 and 2002, thisbook examines how popular cinema conceptualised and constructedvisual representations of evil. Cinema in this period failed toengage with the concept of evil in any meaningful way. Cinematicevil mirrors the descent into the chaos and disorder of apostmodern society. All cinematic evil can do is to connect withthis sense of unease in which the reality of evil cannot berepresented. Stripped of narrative causality, these films express abelief that evil things and evil people may arise in any form, inany place and at any time. These factors produce a cinema ofmalaise, perpetually confronting an evil it is unable to define orlocate. Students and teachers of media and philosophy, and anyoneinterested in film and how Hollywood works, will find this workfascinating and useful.