Hollywood may shelve its bomb movies and Law & Order may
cut the Twin Towers out of its opening credits, but it's full steam
ahead for Jerome F. Shapiro's Atomic Bomb Cinema: The Apocalyptic
Imagination on Film.
From "prototypical bomb films" such as 1927's Metropolis
to modern farces like Naked Gun 2
1/2. Shapiro, an assistant professor
at Hiroshima University, examines hundreds of movies that deal with
survival in the face of destructive power.
It's a dense and scholarly volume, and one that film students
will pounce upon. Others might, too, if they buy Shapiro's thesis
that "atomic bomb cinema is the paradigmatic site of struggle over
cultural power for our times."
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As professor of cinema and comparative culture at Hiroshima University,
Shapiro is uniquely qualified to explain American and Japanese cinematic
approaches to nuclear holocaust. Here he argues that "atomic bomb
cinema is the most recent manifestation of the ancient apocalyptic
tradition of continuance."
In either his detailed analysis or his filmography, Shapiro hasn't
omitted any relevant film, low or high budget,
including First Yank in Tokyo,
The Beginning or the End,
The Amazing Colossal Man,
Night of the Living Dead,
A Boy and His Dog,
Besides employing his own considerable ana-lytical
powers, Shapiro draws on the work of psychologists, scientists, novelists,
and film critics and will best be appreciated by film scholars and
those familiar with such terms as synecdochical and anagogic. Recommended
for film collections in academic and large public libraries.
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