American War Cinema and Media since Vietnam: Politics, by Patricia Keeton

By Patricia Keeton

No different cinematic style extra sharply illustrates the contradictions of yank society - notions approximately social classification, politics, and socio-economic ideology - than the battle movie. This ebook examines the most recent cycle of conflict movies to bare how they mediate and negotiate the complexities of conflict, category, and a military-political project mostly long gone undesirable.

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The 2012 iteration of Medal of Honor Warfighter: Project Honor Edition describes its Special Forces heroes: “They are the Tier 1 Operators. They are real, living, breathing, precision instruments of war. They are experts in the application of violence. ” Two Anomalous War Films by Clint Eastwood A profound political truth—if not a moral one—is embedded in all these Hollywood war movies: America unambiguously “won” and, equally clear, this victory was mainly pyrrhic. These films subtly illustrate this paradox.

58–60). Falstaff is cynical about the men he bought on the cheap and whose lives are squandered in war, but the earls and the princes from the Houses of Lancaster and York are the ones spreading corpses around the battlefields of England. Deconstructing a Platitude: Shakespeare’s and Holly wood’s Band of Brothers Mainstream American war cinema has often sidestepped the provocative issues surrounding war such as patriotism, blind obedience, jingoism, or racism, and it rarely portrays the economic and political objectives for war.

America intervened, sometimes covertly, more than 50 times in a score of countries, in Latin America (beginning in 1981 in El Salvador), the Sinai (in 1982), and Lebanon (1982). After Reagan, George Bush Sr. invaded Panama (“Operation Just Cause”) in 1989 and Iraq (“Desert Storm,” the first Gulf War) in 1991 as wars of liberation aimed at freeing Panama and Kuwait from brutal dictators, Manuel Noriega and Saddam Hussein respectively. In a similar attempt to appear idealistic, Bill Clinton ordered assaults on Somalia (“Restore Hope”) in 1993, Haiti (beginning in September 1994 called “Operation Uphold Democracy”), and Kosovo in 1999 as “humanitarian missions” to protect innocent civilians against the chaos and atrocities of local warlords and Serbian nationalists.

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