Maroto Camino, Mercedes (2005) ‘The war is so young’:masculinity and war correspondence in Welcome to Sarajevo and Territorio Comanche. Studies in European Cinema, 2 (2). pp. 115-124. ISSN 1741-1548Full text not available from this repository.
The paradigm faced by war correspondents can be paralleled to that encountered by ethnographic observers in that, while often claiming to merely watch, they cannot but become involved in the situation before them. The war correspondent is determined not only by his or her culture, but also by the constraints of the discourses of war reporting. Also, and, perhaps more importantly, they are clearly influenced by the ratings that their items have to attract. This is apparent in two films located during the siege of Sarajevo (1992–95), which were made soon after the Bosnian War ended: Gerardo Herrero's Territorio Comanche (1997), and Michael Winterbottom's Welcome to Sarajevo (1996). In both films, the directors present the work of journalists as enabling audiences to see events from their armchairs; so that our voyeurism renders us accomplices in the presentation of war as spectacle. Ultimately both films bring home the impossibility of neutral reporting and demonstrate how claims to stand aside can be seen as nothing but political positions that are as ethical (or unethical) as they are utopian. In addition, although the directors set out to criticize war, the films deal with gender stereotypes that effectively undermine their challenge.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Studies in European Cinema|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Spanish cinema ; British cinema ; Michael Winterbottom ; Arturo Pérez-Reverte ; Gerardo Herrero ; Bosnian War|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > D History (General)|
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
|Departments:||Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > European Languages & Cultures|
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
|Deposited By:||Dr Mercedes Maroto Camino|
|Deposited On:||16 Jul 2007|
|Last Modified:||31 May 2013 12:18|
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