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Jerome Shapiro's ATOMIC BOMB CINEMA
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ATOMIC BOMB CINEMA

Jerome F. Shapiro, an Associate Professor of Cinema and Comparative Culture at Hiroshima University in Japan, must possess a prodigious ego because he spends much of ATOMIC BOMB CINEMA issuing opinions as if they were the word of God. One’s enjoyment of his book will depend on how well one cottons to Prof. Shapiro’s self-reverential writing style and his film preferences.

It might also help if you are a male chauvinist.

Indeed, CONELRAD was surprised to see the gender-biased criticism heaped upon Lynne Littman’s powerful 1983 film TESTAMENT in Atomic Bomb Cinema. On page 185 of the book, the presumably super-macho Shapiro dismisses Littman's work as a "postnuclear feminist weepie." He then goes on to assign a ridiculous and non-negotiable assessment of TESTAMENT's audience: "TESTAMENT appeals only to those who are already convinced of the film’s basic ideology of powerlessness: because men ignore women, women (and children) suffer. It appeals to the victims in our society, not survivors, for, rather than critiquing power relationships, the film merely wallows in self-pity." Shapiro clearly prefers the can-do attitude of the Wolverines in RED DAWN (1984).

After reading Professor Shapiro’s book, the CONELRAD staff is relieved that we never had to sit through any of his classes.
ATOMIC BOMB CINEMA
By Jerome F. Shapiro
Copyright 2002; Published by Routledge, New York
386 Pages

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