354:205 Cinema Today

01 MW6 CAC 17381 BELTON MI-100

Anticipations of the new millennium spawned a series of apocalyptic films in the late 1990s (Armageddon, Deep Impact) that reflected a larger cultural anxiety about the future. The post-apocalyptic cinema of the new millennium recognized those anxieties and sought to manage them, providing ways of understanding 9/11, the Iraq war, and an unspecified, general social malaise by addressing the themes of trauma, memory, loss, temporal destabilization, trust, betrayal, and death as well as providing fantasy as an escapist alternative. This course surveys contemporary cinema from 2000 to the present and includes film such as Fahrenheit 9/11, The Hurt Locker, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, There will be Blood, No Country for Old Men, The Departed, Amour and other films.