The American cinema of terrorism, although coming to prominence primarily in the 1970s amidst high-profile Palestinian terrorist activity, actually dates back to the beginnings of the Cold War. But this early terrorist cinema, centered largely around the Bomb - who had it, who would use it, and when - differs greatly from the terrorist cinema that would follow. Changing world events soon broadened the cinema of terrorism to address emerging international conflicts, including Black September, pre - 9/11 Middle Eastern conflicts, and the post - 9/11 'War on Terror'. This analytical filmography of American terrorist films establishes terrorist cinema as a unique subgenre with distinct thematic narrative and stylistic trends. It covers all major American films dealing with terrorism, from Otto Preminger's Exodus (1960) to Ridley Scott's Body of Lies (2008).
Freelance author Robert Cettl is a member of the South Australian Writer's Center. He operates the DVD review site (www.widerscreenings.com) and lives in South Australia.