Vietnam at 24 frames a second: a critical and thematic analysis of over 400 films about the Vietnam war

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McFarland, 1995 - History - 401 pages
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Beginning in 1948 with Paramount'sSaigonand Universal'sRogue's Regiment,Hollywood has produced over 400 features and made-for-television films about Vietnam and the ensuing conflict. With the exception ofThe Green Berets(1968), few were designed to rally Americans to the cause as earlier war movies had done. Many were not even combat films, instead dealing with such domestic issues as protests, veteran reintegration, MIAs and POWs. Arranged chronologically, this is a critical analysis of Vietnam War films from 1948 through 1993. Recurring themes are stressed along with the ways that movie America reflected the national reality, with essays blending plot synopses and critical commentary. The movies run the gamut of genres: dramas, action, adventure, horror, comedies and even one musical.

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The significant Vietnam War film genre deserves better treatment than this. Overburdened with excessive plot synopses and undermined by a succession of rather pedestrian critical observations, the ... Read full review

Contents

HeadOn Conflict and Refracted Images 19671969
28
Hot Chrome and Hippie Cool 19701973
59
Transition to Peacetime 19741977
98

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Devine lives in Dallas,Texas.