World War II on Film examines the war through the lens of 12 films. The movies selected include productions made during World War II and in each succeeding decade, providing a sense of how different generations perceive the war.
World War II on Film provides a succinct yet well-grounded appraisal of that war as seen through 12 representative films. The book separates fact from fiction, showing where the movies were accurate and where they departed from reality, and places them in the larger context of historical and social events. Each movie chosen represents a particular aspect of the conflict, including the air war over Europe, the condition of prisoners of war, Nazi atrocities, and the British evacuation at Dunkirk.
Unlike most histories of Hollywood during World War II or the genre of war movies, World War II on Film examines in depth the relation between the depictions of events, beliefs, attitudes, and ways of life as seen on film with reality as documented by historians or recorded by journalists or eye-witnesses to the war. The volume will appeal to high school and college readers, as well as general interest readers and film buffs.
Provides readers with the perspectives of non-American combatants
Gives readers an understanding of American perspectives on the war
Looks at the importance of the decisions made by individuals as well as the social forces that shaped the war
Arms readers with an understanding of how ideology helped determine the decisions of wartime leaders
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David Luhrssen, MA, is film critic for the Shepherd Express, Milwaukee's weekly newspaper, and cofounder of the Milwaukee International Film Festival.
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