publication . Master thesis . 2009

The combat film : the death and rebirth of an American film tradition

Greve, Henrik Havdal;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2009
Abstract This thesis analyzes how four popular combat films produced by Hollywood portray and interprets important events in American history. The films exemplify how American cinema has varied in its portrayal of the American army in relation to both the perspectives of the film makers and widely held attitudes toward war and American foreign policy. In regard to social attitudes, militarism has been an instrument to create support for war. The term describes a process where a society is focused on military symbolism and where military ideals are seen encapsulating important social values. The thesis looks at how the engagement with or reaction to militarism ha...

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