World War II movies for research and teaching...A response to
recent questions about this fertile topic as we continue to celebrate
the legacy of "the greatest generation."
Film & History published a massive issue on World War II a few years
back under the direction of Special Editor Robert Matson. Below
is the Table of Contents.
Matson supplies a useful introduction and the issue concludes with a
long, annotated bibliography by Peter Rollins.
VOLUME 27: 1-4, 1997
Special Editor's Introduction. By Robert W. Matson
---World War II in Film ----
Anglophilia on Film: Creating an Atmosphere for Alliance, 1935-1941.
By Michael Todd Bennett
A Change of Heart: Alvin York and the Movie _Sergeant York _.
By Michael Birdwell
"All Unquiet on the Hollywood Front": Actor Lew Ayers as Conscientious
By Heather Frazer and John O'Sullivan
Awakening a Sleeping Giant: The Pearl Harbor Attack on Film.
By Ralph R. Donald
Democracy Goes to War: _Air Force_(1943).
By Michael Paris
_This is the Army_: The Show Musical Goes to War.
By Dan Cabaniss
Tough `Ombres and _Battleground_: The Reel War and the Real War.
By Suzanne Broderick
Differing Understandings of Captivity in _Uranus_.
By Elliott Gruner
Individual Commitment in _To Have and Have Not_.
By Daniel G. Shaw
Archetypes as Propaganda in Hitchcock's "Lost" World War II Films.
By J. Justin Gustainis and Deborah Jay DeSilva
The Atomic Agincourt: _Henry V_ and the Filmic Making of Postwar
Anglo-American Cultural Relations. By John G. Nichols
America, World War II, and the Movies: An Annotated Booklist.
By Peter C. Rollins
Book Reviews on a variety of topics round out the issue.
The above issue is available from Film & History. See web site for
Peter C. Rollins, Editor
Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and TV Studies
(Web site: http://h-net.msu.edu/~filmhis) Also, www.filmandhistory.org
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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. Lastest issues deal with
Television as Historian and edited by Gary Edgerton (Old Dominion U).
The next two issues will focus on THE COLD WAR IN FILM AND TV
with senior scholar Phil Landon (UMBC) as guest editor.
Recent conference was in November, 2000 on The Presidency in Film
at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Simi Valley, California
(45 mins. north of LAX). Information and registration details are on
the web site! This conference was co-sponsored by California State
University-Northridge, a neighbor to the Presidential Library and the
Two books will result: _The Presidency in Film and TV_ will be a
overview and will be published by the UP of Kentucky. A collection of essays
_The West Wing_ is under consideration by the Syracuse UP. (See "The
Chronicle of Higher Education" HOT TYPE column for details--January 5th,
Next conference will be in the fall of 2002 and will focus on the topic of
THE AMERICAN WEST(S) IN FILM, TELEVISION, AND HISTORY. The
event will be held in Kansas City, one of the great gateways to the West.
Please start planning your paper!
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