Academic journal article Film & History

Hollywood, the Pentagon and Washington: The Movies and National Security from World War II to the Present Day

Academic journal article Film & History

Hollywood, the Pentagon and Washington: The Movies and National Security from World War II to the Present Day

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Jean-Michel Valentin. Hollywood, The Pentagon and Washington: The Movies and National Security from World War II to the Present Day. Anthem, 2005. 159 pages; $75.00.

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Editions Autrement first published Hollywood, The Pentagon and Washington in France in 2003. The author is a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Peace and Strategic Studies in France and writes on American military and political issues.

Valantin's book comprises ten main chapters, an introduction, a conclusion, a postscript, plus notes (not very extensive), a general index and index of films, a filmography, and a bibliography. (Having both a filmography and an index of films seem redundant, and the two could have probably been combined into one section.) As the title implies, Valantin's book deals with the interrelationship of "Washington and Hollywood, which constantly transforms the application of American strategic practices into cinematic accounts" (xi).

The chapters are titled "National security Cinema and American Strategic Identity: Structural Links," "Experiencing and Dreaming-Up History, 1951 -1982," "Justifying the New Strategic Power, 1982-1990," "New Threats, 1990-1994," "The Need to Fight Terrorism, 1994-2000," "Pearl Harbor Syndrome and the Fables of Technology, 1986-2000," "Saving Ground Combat, 1987-2000," "Around September 11," "The State and Defense: Questions of Legitimacy," and "Empire, War and Revolution. …

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