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Tom Byers <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 9 Mar 1994 17:08:26 EST
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Department of English, University of Louisville
Phone: (502)852-6770 or (502)852-6801. Fax: (502)852-4182.
A particularly fine propaganda film to teach is Frank Capra's PRELUDE TO WAR,
first in the WHY WE FIGHT series--a propaganda classic. I teach it & then
teach IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE to show how same values inform each. Also, it's
especially interesting to show how Capra used conventions of gangster films to
portray the villains of WWII. In the same WHY WE FIGHT series, THE NEGRO
SOLDIER is especially interesting. It does a capsule history of
African-Americans in US w/o ever mentioning slavery--a pretty amazing trick!
Of course, the film was made largely to get whites to accept African-Americans
in the military, and it scrupulously avoided anything that its audience might h
ave not wanted to think about. Hope these help.
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Thomas B. Byers
Department of English/University of Louisville
Louisville KY 40292