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THE HURT LOCKER: MALE INTIMACY, VIOLENCE AND THE IRAQ WAR MOVIE

Year 2010, Volume 1, Issue 2, 57 - 70, 15.05.2019

Abstract

This essay explores The Hurt Locker in three contexts: as a war movie, particularly an Iraq war movie; in relation to themes of masculinity, male heroism and male intimacy; and as a Kathryn Bigelow film, taking account of the director’s association with action genres and The Hurt Locker’s critical and award success. These three critical frames overlap and inform each other. The article provides and analysis of the film’s visual style as well as the various reviews and commentaries that accompanied the film, both on its initial release and following its success in securing awards. While reviews and Bigelow herself may have foregrounded a war movie with a documentary aesthetic, The Hurt Locker is intensely melodramatic in its presentation of masculinity.

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THE HURT LOCKER: ERİL YAKINLIK, ŞİDDET VE IRAK SAVAŞ FİLMİ

Year 2010, Volume 1, Issue 2, 57 - 70, 15.05.2019

Abstract

Bu makale The Hurt Locker filmini üç bağlamda incelemektedir: bir savaş filmi olarak (özellikle Irak savaşını ele alan bir film olarak); erkeklik, erkek kahramanlığı ve erkekler arasındaki yakınlık ve son olarak da yönetmenin aksiyon filmleriyle bağı ve filmin başarısını ele alarak, bir Kathryn Bigelow filmi olarak. Bu üç çerçeve aslında birbiriyle bağlantılıdır ve birbirlerini etkiler. Bu makalede filmin görsel stilinin analizinin yanı sıra film üzerine yazılmış yorumlar ve eleştirilerin de analizi yapılmaktadır. Bu eleştiriler, Bigelow’un da ileri sürdüğü gibi, filmi belgesel bir estetiğe bağlı kalmış bir savaş filmi olarak tanımlamaktadır ve The Hurt Locker her ne kadar sert bir film olsa da erkekliğin sunumu bağlamında oldukça melodramatik bir yaklaşıma sahiptir.

References

  • Alleva, R. (2009). War as Narcotic: 'The Hurt Locker'. Commonweal, 136 (15), Academic OneFile. Retrieved from http://find.galegroup.com/gtx/infomark.do? &contentSet=IAC- Documents&type=retrieve&tabID=T002&prodId=AONE&docId=A208508723& source=gale&srcprod=AONE&userGroupName=southampton&version=1.0
  • Audio File. Hollywood's New Battle Tactic: Make War Personal. All Things Considered. (21:00-22:00 PM)(Broadcast transcript). Retrieved from www.npr.org/templates/ story/story.php?storyId=124595146
  • Bigelow, K. (Director / Writer). (1989). Blue Steel [Motion Picture]. U.S.: MGM.
  • Bigelow, K. (Director). (1991). Point Break [Motion Picture]. U.S.: 20th Century Fox.
  • Bigelow, K. (Director). (1995). Strange Days [Motion Picture]. U.S.: Lightstorm Entertainment.
  • Bigelow, K. (Director). (2002). K-19: The Widowmaker [Motion Picture]. U.S: Paramount.
  • Bigelow, K. (Director). (2008). The Hurt Locker [Motion Picture]. U.S.: Summit Entertainment.
  • Bigelow, K. (2009, June 26). Interview. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Er_OUD2D_NY
  • Cameron, J. (Director / Writer). (2009). Avatar [Motion Picture]. U.S.: 20th Century Fox.
  • Cole, S. (2010, March 11). Kathryn Bigelow, The Absentee Feminist. Now Toronto. Retrieved from http://www.nowtoronto.com/daily/story.cfm?content=174034
  • De Palma, B. (Director / Writer). (2007). Redacted [Motion Picture]. U.S.: Magnolia Picture.
  • Douthat, R. (2010, June 13). No Mystique About Feminism. New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/opinion/14douthat.html?emc=eta1
  • Eberwein, R. (2010). The Hollywood War Film. London: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Fuller, S. (Director). (1951). The Steel Helmet [Motion Picture]. U.S.: Lippert Pictures Inc. Burbank Video.
  • Grant, B. K. (2004). Man’s Favourite Sport? The Action Films of Kathryn Bigelow. In Y. Tasker (Ed.), Action and Adventure Cinema (pp. 371-384). London and New York: Routledge.
  • Hunter, S. (2009). The First Decent Iraq-war Movie. Commentary, 128 (2), Academic OneFile. Retrieved from http://find.galegroup.com/gtx/infomark.do? &contentSet=IAC- Documents&type=retrieve&tabID=T002&prodId=AONE&docId=A206988354& source=gale&srcprod=AONE&userGroupName=southampton&version=1.0
  • Jermyn, D. & Redmond, S. (2003). The Cinema of Kathryn Bigelow: Hollywood Transgressor. London: Wallflower Press.
  • Jermyn, D. (2003). Cherchez la femme: The Weight of Water and the Search for Bigelow in a ‘Bigelow film’. In D. Jermyn & S. Redmond (Eds.), The Cinema of Kathryn Bigelow: Hollywood Transgressor (pp. 125-144). London: Wallflower Press.
  • Lane, C. (2000). Feminist Hollywood: From Born in Flames to Point Break. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.
  • Mendes, S. (Director). (2005). Jarhead [Motion Picture]. U.S.: Universal.
  • Nochimson, M. (2010, February 24). Kathryn Bigelow: Feminist Pioneer or Tough Guy in Drag. Retrieved from http://www.salon.com/entertainment/movies/film_salon/ 2010/02/24/bigelow/index.html
  • Peirce, K. (Director / Writer). (2008). Stop-Loss [Motion Picture]. U.S.: Paramount.
  • Podeswa, J. (Director). (2010). The Pasific [Tv mini series]. U.S.: Home Box Office.
  • Smith, M. (2009, July 31). A World of ‘Hurt’: War is a Drug, The Hurt Locker Reminds Us. Tulsa World. Retrieved from http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene
  • Stahl, L. (2010, February 28). Kathryn Bigelow’s Shot at Oscar History. 60 Minutes. Retrieved from http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/02/26/60minutes/ main6246563.shtml
  • Straw, M. (2008). Traumatized Masculinity and American National Identity in Hollywood’s Gulf War. New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 6(2), 127-143.
  • Traister, R. (2010, June 1). Sarah Palin’s grab for feminism. Retrieved from http:// www.salon.com/life/broadsheet/2010/06/01/palin_feminism
  • Walls, S. C. (2010, February 1). All Pain, No Gain. Newsweek, 46. Academic OneFile. Retrieved from http://find.galegroup.com/gtx/infomark.do?&contentSet=IAC- Documents&type=retrieve&tabID=T003&prodId=AONE&docId=A217366034& source=gale&srcprod=AONE&userGroupName=southampton&version=1.0
  • Winkler, I. (Director / Writer). (2006). Home of the Brave [Motion Picture]. U.S.: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Millenium Films, Nu.

Details

Primary Language English
Subjects Art
Journal Section Features
Authors

Eylem ATAKAV This is me (Primary Author)
University of East Anglia UK
United Kingdom


Yvonne TASKER This is me (Primary Author)
University of East Anglia UK
United Kingdom

Publication Date May 15, 2019
Published in Issue Year 2010, Volume 1, Issue 2

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APA Atakav, E. & Tasker, Y. (2019). THE HURT LOCKER: MALE INTIMACY, VIOLENCE AND THE IRAQ WAR MOVIE . sinecine: Sinema Araştırmaları Dergisi , 1 (2) , 57-70 . Retrieved from https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/sinecine/issue/44984/560385

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