Dear Scott and others,
Lawrence Suid, a fine film scholar, has a new version of
his classic GUTS AND GLORY out...It has been published
the UP of Kentucky fairly recently.
See the above volume for insights into the production of THE CAINE
MUTINY and the Hollywood/DOD relations involved.
As most people know, the film was Directed by Edward Dmytryk--who
was set on proving his bona fides as a 200% American at the time.
Suid's books are always great for their interviews and their basic research
into the details surrounding the films--as well as the films themselves.
As most people also know, the film deals with a major issue concerning
"patriotism" and betrayal, a topic which was close to Dmytryk's situation.
It was the kind of them which Elia Kazan dealt with in a like fashion through
his film _On the Waterfront_. This latter production is wonderfully covered
in Ken Hey's article in HOLLYWOOD AS HISTORIAN (also UP of Kentucky,
2nd Ed., 1998). These struggles were agons of the Cold War.
The first reel of the film is a paean to Navy hardware and Navy life....it is
a bit hard to take after a while, esp. if you belonged to a rival military
Good luck on your project!
Peter C. Rollins
_Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and TV Studies_
(Web site: www.filmandhistory.org)
RR 3 Box 80
Cleveland, OK 74020
(918)243-7637 and fax 5995
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as well as information and FAQ's about the CD-ROMs. There are
also discussion items and essays on Saving Private Ryan, Amistad,
CNN's Cold War, and a host of other topics. The Table of Contents
for the last thirty years is there as well. The last two issues deal with
The Holocaust in Film.
Next conference is in November, 2002 on The American West(s) in
Film, Television, and History at the Kansas City Marriott, Country Club
Plaza--just a few blocks from the Nelson Art Gallery, a major institution
and just next door to the Kansas City Arts Institute. We are looking for
people to serve as Area Chairs and will put a list of existing and
available Area Chair topics on the web site this summer.
Deadline for proposals is 15 August, 2002. Early proposals
always get the most compatible panels, so do not wait until the
11th hour! The Luncheon is included in the registration fee: speakers
include Ray B. Browne, John Cawelti, and Jack Nachbar with special
focus on the impact of Cawelti's pioneering book, _The Six-Gun Mystique_
Participating authors who have books they wish to have included in the
display in Kansas City should contact their publisher and make that
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Some years back, we produced a wonderful issue on the The
American Frontier in Film and TV and we are going back to the well.
(See Film & History 26.1-4 : passim.)
Online resources for film/TV studies may be found at ScreenSite