‘Allegory Lite’, and the movie Hollywood Refused to Make
Chapter 4, on cinema, includes detailed discussion of The Manchurian Candidate, The Village, The Alamo, War of the Worlds, and Fahrenheit 9/11. It offers supporting discussion of a broad range of contemporary films, both Hollywood movies and independent productions, including Good Night, and Good Luck, Syriana, World Trade Center, Control Room, The Fog of War, and Kingdom of Heaven. The chapter argues that early Hollywood representation of 9/11 and the war on terror was characterised by forms of allegory—“allegory lite”—which allowed film-makers to produce risk-averse engagements with contemporary events which generally steered clear of the alarming questions raised by September 11 and the neoconservative response to the attacks. Particular attention is paid to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, which is used as a case study to demonstrate the political limits beyond which Hollywood film refused to go.
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