War and Film: Book by James Chapman

War and Film

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ISBN: 9781861893475    Publisher: Reaktion Books Year of publishing: 2008     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 192        
From the onset of the film medium, directors have found war an endlessly compelling and fruitful subject for their art. In "War and Film", Chapman explores their fascination as well as the audience's enduring...Read more
From the onset of the film medium, directors have found war an endlessly compelling and fruitful subject for their art. In "War and Film", Chapman explores their fascination as well as the audience's enduring need to examine and experience the vicissitudes of war. Chapman examines the issues of truthfulness and realism that arise in depictions of war, whether in the supposed truth telling of war documentaries or Hollywood battle scenes that are more realistic than the real thing'. The book considers films from the US, Britain, and Europe, and the national responses to cinematic depictions of particular conflicts. In discussions of such films as "Come and See", "Das Boot", "Apocalypse Now", "All Quiet on the Western Front" and "Saving Private Ryan", the book appraises their dominant narrative themes, ranging from war as a pointless tragedy to combat as an exciting and heroic adventure. But few films, Chapman contends, probe into the deeper ramifications of war the psychological scars left on the soldier and civilians. A study of remarkable breadth and scope, "War and Film" exposes the power of cinema in shaping our perceptions of violent conflict.
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About the author: James Chapman
James Chapman is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Leicester. His previous books include The British at War: Cinema, State and Propaganda,... Read more
James Chapman is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Leicester. His previous books include The British at War: Cinema, State and Propaganda, 1939-1945 (1998), Licence To Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films (1999) and Cinemas of the World: Film and Society from 1895 to the Present (Reaktion Books, 2003).
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Review:
Given its size, its breadth of coverage in terms of both films and wars is truly impressive. This is a testament to James Chapman's expansive knowledge of the subject and astute abililty to select...Read more
Given its size, its breadth of coverage in terms of both films and wars is truly impressive. This is a testament to James Chapman's expansive knowledge of the subject and astute abililty to select just the right examples to make his points ... essential reading for anyone interested in the subject, from the general reader to the specialist. Film and History a well-researched and lively discussion ... Times Literary Supplement
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