Political Messages in Feature Films
The volume is divided into two parts: Part One focuses on defining political films while Part Two looks at how «politics» is defined within films. Contributors find several ways of defining «political films», but agree that while the messages in films may often seem progressive, they are usually quite conservative, with the aim of making as much money as possible for the people financing the films.
The book provides a history of political film and identifies several hundred films with specific political messages.
6 The Politics of Disaster Films
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The Politics of Disaster Films
Since the beginning of the 21st century, disasters, both disparate and interrelated have brought about what Matthew Gross and Mel Gilles (2012) refer to as a cultural “turn toward the apocalyptic,” occasioning a distinct renewal of the disaster genre at the box office. Although rare, the two strands have even shared multiplexes. In sober and at times angry and angst-filled fashion, these documentaries carefully construct narratives to account for what hours and hours of repetitive television news cycles never can and ordinary feature films gloss—cogent explanations of horrifying events that seem as inexplicable and fickle as the tornado that wipes out one side of the street and leaves the other intact. In the present chapter, I identify how filmmakers have dealt with disasters, past and present, and examine the political dimension which their representations imply, especially as those films figure the bodies of individuals as suggestive of a relationship to political agency.
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