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Why we fought : America's wars in film and history

Author: Peter C Rollins; John E O'Connor
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2008.
Series: Film & history (Lexington, Ky.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Film moves audiences like no other medium; both documentaries and feature films are especially remarkable for their ability to Influence viewers. In Why We Fought: America's Wars in Film and History, editors Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor explore tile complexities of war films, describing the ways in which such productions interpret history and illuminate American values, politics, and culture." "This  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Military history
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Why we fought.
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2008
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter C Rollins; John E O'Connor
ISBN: 9780813124933 081312493X 9780813191911 0813191912 9780813191928 0813191920
OCLC Number: 181601268
Description: xiv, 604 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
Contents: pt. I: The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: revolution, conquest, and union --
The American revolution on the screen: Drums along the Mohawk and The patriot / John E. O'Connor --
Reprinting the legend: the Alamo on film / Frank Thompson --
Assessing television's version of history: the Mexican-American war and the KERA documentary series / James Yates --
Ken Burns's rebirth of a nation: The civil war as made-for-television history / Gary R. Edgerton --
"It's what people say we're fighting for": representing the lost cause in Cold mountain / Robert M. Myers --
pt. 2: The twentieth century: total war. The great war viewed from the 1920s: The big parade / Michael T. Isenberg --
Technology and "reel patriotism" in American film advertising of the World War I era / James Latham --
Culture wars and the local screen: the reception of westfront 1918 and All quiet on the western front in one German city / David Imhoof --
The peace, isolationist, and anti-interventionist movements and interwar Hollywood / John Whiteclay Chambers II --
The B movie goes to war in Hitler, beast of Berlin / Cynthia J. Miller --
Why we fight and Projections of America: Frank Capra, Robert Riskin, and the making of World War II propaganda / Ian S. Scott --
On telling the truth about war: World War II and Hollywood's moral fiction, 1945-1956 / Frank J. Wetta, Martin A. Novelli --
James Jones, Columbia Pictures, and the historical confrontations of From here to eternity / J.E. Smyth --
Hollywood's D-Day from the perspective of the 1960s and 1990s: The longest day and Saving Private Ryan / Robert Brent Toplin --
pt. 3: Cold War and insurgency: the paradox of limited wars. Cold War Berlin in the movies: from The big lift to The promise / Thomas W. Maulucci Jr --
Invaders of the Cold War: generic disruptions and shifting gender roles in The day the earth stood still / Susan A. George --
Using popular culture to study the Vietnam War: perils and possibilities / Peter C. Rollins --
Fragments of war: Oliver Stone's Platoon / Lawrence W. Lichty, Raymond L. Carroll --
The quiet American: Graham Greene's Vietnam novel through the lenses of two eras / William S. Bushnell --
pt. 4: The twentieth-century: terrorism and asymmetrical conflicts --
Operation restore honor in Black hawk down / John Shelton Lawrence, John G. McGarrahan --
Documentary and the Iraq War: a new genre for new realities / Jeffrey Chown --
Jessica Lynch and the regeneration of American identity post 9/11 / Stacy Takacs --
Representing the unrepresentable: 9/11 on film and television / James Kendrick.
Series Title: Film & history (Lexington, Ky.)
Responsibility: edited by Peter C. Rollins and John E. O'Connor.


Looks at war films, from depictions of the American Revolution to portrayals of September 11 and its aftermath. This volume contrasts recognized history and historical fiction with the versions  Read more...
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