Virgin Film: War Films

Virgin Film: War Films

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War films have existed since the birth of cinema, typically gung-ho tales of macho derring-do. But war films are not always about bravado and bravery, they also detail the horrors of war, the sadness, the brotherhood of soldiers and comedy that can be found in the bleakest of situations, as well as the excitement of the battlefield. War Films explores defining movies of the genre in sections covering different wars as well as wars with other worlds. The book also offers links between the different films, historical and cinematic worth and profiles of key actors and directors. Among the films included are Saving Private Ryan, Dr Strangelove,Welcome to Sarajevo, The Dam Busters, Gallipoli, The Deer Hunter and more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 24mm | 421.85g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 8pp colour photographs
  • 0753510944
  • 9780753510940
  • 602,709

About James Clarke

James Clarke is the author of Virgin Film books on Ridley Scott, Francis Ford Coppola and Animated Films. As well as producing films and videos, he has written many books about cinema, has been published in the Pocket Essentials series and Wallflower Press's guide to notable film more

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"On author's previous work: 'Strikingly coherent analysis of Scott's work'" * Uncut * "'Highly satisfying, all-encompassing study'" * Film Review * "'Replete with valuable historical background . . . an excellent overview'" * Empire *show more

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"'Replete with valuable historical background . . . an excellent overview'"show more

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'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 more

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