A 'Toxic Genre': The Iraq War Films by Martin Barker

A 'Toxic Genre': The Iraq War Films

byMartin Barker

Kobo ebook | June 3, 2011

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Over the last five years, a cycle of films has emerged addressing the ongoing Iraq conflict. Some became well-known and one of them, The Hurt Locker, won a string of Oscars. But many others disappeared into obscurity. What is it about these films that led Variety to dub them a 'toxic genre'?*BR**BR*Martin Barker analyses the production and reception of these recent Iraq war films. Among the issues he examines are the borrowing of soldiers' YouTube styles of self-representation to generate an 'authentic' Iraq experience, and how they take refuge in 'apolitical' post-traumatic stress disorder. Barker also looks afresh at some classic issues in film theory: the problems of accounting for film 'failures', the shaping role of production systems, the significance of genre-naming and the impact of that 'toxic' label.*BR**BR*A 'Toxic Genre' is fascinating reading for film studies students and anyone interested in cinema's portrayal of modern warfare.

Title:A 'Toxic Genre': The Iraq War FilmsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 3, 2011Publisher:Pluto PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1783714484

ISBN - 13:9781783714483

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