. Like a Movie

Marc Redfield

in The Rhetoric of Terror

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231232
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241118 | DOI:
. Like a Movie

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The September 11 bombing is really a traumatic experience whether physically or psychologically to those who suffered it too close in the Ground Zero, but for those who did not a spectacle is seen “like a movie.” On the one hand, the simile “like a movie” emerges out of a specific historical, cultural, economic, and technological context in which a certain kind of high-tech, highly capitalized, globally distributed cinematic product becomes associated with the technical production of scenes of spectacular destruction which is clear that this simile functions above all to communicate the speaker's sense of the seeming unreality of the event being described. And to describe the September 11 bombing, it is just a simple unfolding television program which was turned to a particular cinematic genre, which is the big-budget disaster movie.

Keywords: September 11 bombing; traumatic experience; Ground Zero; disaster movie; cinematic genre

Chapter.  2686 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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