'The soldier is abosorbing because all the circumstances surrounding him have a kind of charged hysteria... ' - Stanley Kubrick
Taking readers into the heart of on-screen battle. War Films explores the heart-wrenching storylines, pure spectacle and the dramatisation of history in one of the movie world's most enduring genres. Films about war have been a part of cinema history since the beginning of the moving picture, and in the post-World War Two era have gone on to assume a prominent place in our collective imagination.
Featuring classics such as All Quiet on the Western Front, The Dam Busters, The Great Escape, Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July, as well as films such as the Japanese semurai epic Ran, the Polish classic Kanal and Spielberg's interpretation of War of the Worlds, War Films is a global through conflict, horror and heroism. With an in-depth exploration of each film's production and creative history, analysis of theme, style and character and historical background, War Films is a comprehensive tour of duty of the genre.show more