Friday, October 20, 2006

 

World War III on Film: Coming Soon?

In the 1980s, at the height of The Cold War, the images of a possible Third World War played across the big and small screen as cautionary tales of nuclear armageddon: Wargames, The Day After, Red Dawn, and Testament, to name a few. In all cases, the drama was drawn from tensions between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. Well that scenario is a thing of the past (as is the U.S.S.R. for that matter). Many believe that the attack on 9/11 was the first battle in World War III. The current U.S. President has said as much. Presently, it's not inconceivable that within a few months as many as 13 nations could simultaneously be at war (The United States, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and China). How will cinema document these days? How will fiction dramatize them?

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