The Depiction of Terrorists in Blockbuster Hollywood Films, 1980-2001: An Analytical Study (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Apr 16, 2011 - Performing Arts - 363 pages
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This book examines how American foreign policy and the commercial film industry's economic interests influenced the portrayal of international terrorism in Hollywood blockbuster films from the time of the Iran hostage crisis to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Part I provides a historical overview of modern international terrorism and how it relates to the United States, its news media, and its film industry. Part II covers depictions of terrorism during the Cold War under President Reagan, including films like Commando and Iron Eagle. Part III covers the Hollywood terrorist after the Cold War, including European terrorists in the Die Hard franchise, Passenger 57, Patriot Games, Blown Away, The Jackal and Ronin; fundamentalist Islamic terrorists in True Lies and Executive Decision; the return of the communist threat in Air Force One; and 9/11 foreshadowing in The Siege.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I Modern International Terrorism
17
Part II The Hollywood Terrorist and the Cold War Red Terror Network
127
Part III The Hollywood Terrorist After the Cold War
169
Conclusion
275
Chapter Notes
303
Bibliography
337
Index
347
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About the author (2011)

Helena Vanhala is an associate professor of media arts at Robert Morris University. She is a former freelance journalist, originally from Finland, and now living in Pittsburgh.

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