Academic journal article Military Review

WAR AND FILM IN AMERICA: Historical and Critical Essays

Academic journal article Military Review

WAR AND FILM IN AMERICA: Historical and Critical Essays

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WAR AND FILM IN AMERICA: Historical and Critical Essays. Marilyn J. Matelski and Nancy Lynch Street, eds., McFarland & Company, Inc., Jefferson, NC, 2003, 218 pages, $320.000.

America's love affair with Hollywood and films is reflected in the military community in conversations about big screen depictions of war and its conditions. Editors Marilyn J. Matelski and Nancy Lynch Street's War and Film in America: Historical and Critical Essays explores America's relationship with war movies. The contributors, none of them active military, provide insights into movie themes from the end of World War II through the Cold War to the present.

The Global War on Terrorism most influences this book. While there is no single overriding trend of analysis, the specter of living in a post-September 2001 world is prevalent. The focus on contemporary conditions dominates the last few chapters where the authors' attention is on themes of American heroism and identity, examining such movies as True lies (Twentieth Century Fox DVD, 2003), Patriot Games (Paramount Home Video, 2003), and Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Culver City, CA: Columbia Tri-Star, 2001). …

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