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The American World War II film depicted a united America, a mythic America in which the average guy, the girl next door, the 4-F patriot, and the grieving mother were suddenly transformed into heroes and heroines, warriors and goddesses. The Star-Spangled Screen examines the historical accuracy—or lack thereof—of films about the Third Reich, the Resistance, and major military campaigns. Concerned primarily with the films of the war years, it also includes discussions of such postwar movies as Battleground (1949), Attack! (1956), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), and Patton (1970). This revised edition includes a new afterword that covers more recent films, such as Sophie’s Choice (1982), Biloxi Blues (1986), and Schindler’s List (1993). Now available in paperback, The Star-Spangled Screen makes a major contribution to popular culture by recreating an era that, for all its tragedy, was one of the most creative in the history of American film.
A thoughtful, well-written study of American films on World War II that manages to keep its balance as it swerves in political, sociological, and esthetic directions. -- Variety
Countless books have been published on World War II films. Perhaps the best introduction is Bernard Dick’s [The Star Spangled Screen]. -- Choice
University Press of Kentucky
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World War II, American films, Movie history, World War II movies
American Film Studies
Dick, Bernard F., "The Star-Spangled Screen: The American World War II Film" (1985). American Film Studies. 1.