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Hollywood Transvestite: Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker1

Katarzyna Paszkiewicz

in Genre, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9781474425261
eISBN:
9781474449632
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474425261.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter offers an analysis of the authorial persona of Kathryn Bigelow in relation to her Iraq War movie, The Hurt Locker (2008). Bigelow represents a cause célèbre for feminist criticism in ... More


The Cinematic Language of The Hurt Locker

Terence McSweeney

in Studying The Hurt Locker

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325734
eISBN:
9781800342408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325734.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter begins with an epigraph, “What can you do with the camera that makes you feel like you're a participant?”, which was taken from the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges' book ... More


Studying The Hurt Locker

Terence McSweeney

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325734
eISBN:
9781800342408
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325734.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This book, drawing on a broad tapestry of research, offers an exploration of The Hurt Locker (2009), its stylistic and narrative devices, its cultural impact, its reception, and its relationship to ... More


Hollywood Transgressor or Hollywood Transvestite?: The Reception of Kathryn Bigelow’s

Katarzyna Paszkiewicz

in Doing Women's Film History: Reframing Cinemas, Past and Future

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039683
eISBN:
9780252097775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039683.003.0013
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter examines the discursive circulation of Kathryn Bigelow's 2008 film The Hurt Locker and the debates that broke out about the suppression of gender in her 2010 Academy Award acceptance ... More


Interpreting The Politics of The Hurt Locker

Terence McSweeney

in Studying The Hurt Locker

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325734
eISBN:
9781800342408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325734.003.0004
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores how the The Hurt Locker and other American films about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan marginalises, distorts and erases the Iraqi and Afghanistani experiences of the war. It ... More


Introduction

Terence McSweeney

in Studying the Hurt Locker

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325734
eISBN:
9781800342408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325734.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter analyzes the film The Hurt Locker, including its stylistic and narrative devices, cultural impact, reception, and relationship to the genre. It analyzes what The Hurt Locker ultimately ... More


The Reception of The Hurt Locker: Anti-War or ‘War Porn’?

Terence McSweeney

in Studying The Hurt Locker

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325734
eISBN:
9781800342408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325734.003.0005
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter reviews The Hurt Locker as one of the most positively reviewed American films and most critically praised film about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It looks at reviews that emphasized ... More


Conclusion

Terence McSweeney

in Studying The Hurt Locker

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325734
eISBN:
9781800342408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325734.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter provides a brief comparison between the categories Paul Storey identified as the defining characteristics of the Vietnam War film and The Hurt Locker. It examines how far the films made ... More


End Titles

Todd Decker

in Hymns for the Fallen: Combat Movie Music and Sound after Vietnam

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520282322
eISBN:
9780520966543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520282322.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter considers music heard during the end titles and at the moment of narrative closure in Hollywood combat films made after Vietnam. In many of these films, music during the end titles ... More


Conclusion

Stacey Peebles

in Welcome to the Suck: Narrating the American Soldier's Experience in Iraq

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449468
eISBN:
9780801460944
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449468.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter considers recent stories about the Iraq War. These stories describe the accidental killing of a child, eliciting feelings of guilt, helplessness, and frustration in soldiers fighting a ... More


Soundtracks and Scores

Todd Decker

in Hymns for the Fallen: Combat Movie Music and Sound after Vietnam

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520282322
eISBN:
9780520966543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520282322.003.0003
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter describes the large-scale narrative and musical patterns of serious Hollywood combat films made after Vietnam. Two larger narrative shapes are identified: two-part forms (such as ... More


Unmetered

Todd Decker

in Hymns for the Fallen: Combat Movie Music and Sound after Vietnam

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780520282322
eISBN:
9780520966543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520282322.003.0009
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Post-Vietnam Hollywood combat filmmakers set aside the most common musical trope of earlier war movies: the military march. Instead, new musical tropes were developed, initially in the 1980s Vietnam ... More


The Hollywood War Film and Conflict

Terence McSweeney

in Studying the Hurt Locker

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781911325734
eISBN:
9781800342408
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781911325734.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter assesses the importance of films about wars, which crystallises an image of the conflict depicted that remains influential at the time of its release and for audiences in the years after ... More


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