The War Veteran in Film

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McFarland, Jul 27, 2010 - 296 páginas
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Movies have provided a record of the war veteran as he was viewed within his own culture and within the culture in which the movies were produced. Thus, movies account for a significant portion of what people “know” about the war veteran and how he fared during and after the war. In this book, the author examines 125 movies from the classical era to the 20th century that feature the war veteran. The author provides commentary on specific categories the films can be organized into and notes similarities between films produced in different periods. The categories deal with the wounded veteran returning home (e.g., The Sun Also Rises, The Best Years of Our Lives, Born on the Fourth of July, The Manchurian Candidate); the veteran struggling with guilt, revenge and post-traumatic stress disorder (Anatomy of a Murder, Lethal Weapon, Desert Bloom, In Country, Jacob’s Ladder); the war veteran returning in disguise (Ulysses, Ivanhoe, The Seventh Seal, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit); the war veteran as a social symbol (Dances with Wolves, Gosford Park, The Legend of Bagger Vance, The Big Chill, Gods and Monsters, Cornered); the war veteran in action (The Born Losers, Conspiracy Theory, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Saint Jack, Looking for Mr. Goodbar); and the war veteran before, during and after the war (The Deer Hunter, Forrest Gump).
 

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Acknowledgments vi
1
Comparing Wounds
38
War Veterans on Trial
58
War Veterans and Their Treatment
70
Returning in Disguise
82
The War Veteran Who Refuses to Fight Again
95
The Fake War Veteran
102
The War Veteran as Social Symbol
107
Film Noir and the Returning War Veteran
147
The War Veteran in Action
154
The War Veteran as Antihero
180
The War Veteran Revenge Movies
202
The War Record Revelation
211
Loneliness
224
Afterword
242
Films Reviewed in Text by Release Date
255

The War Veteran as Comic Figure
127
The Comic Sidekick
137

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Emmett Early is a semiretired psychologist who lives in Seattle, Washington.

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