The Best Years of Our Lives

The Best Years of Our Lives

by Sarah Kozloff
     
 

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Due to its popularity and the controversy it engendered, The Best Years of Our Lives stands as one of the most important cultural documents of the post-WWII era. Moreover, with its emphasis on soldiers returning from war with post-traumatic stress syndrome, facing an uncertain economic climate, and strained domestic lives, the film speaks with emotional

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Due to its popularity and the controversy it engendered, The Best Years of Our Lives stands as one of the most important cultural documents of the post-WWII era. Moreover, with its emphasis on soldiers returning from war with post-traumatic stress syndrome, facing an uncertain economic climate, and strained domestic lives, the film speaks with emotional power directly to contemporary issues, including the devastating injuries and insecurites faced by soldiers returning home from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq today. Among the topics discussed are American neorealism, aesthetics, war and homecoming, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844573264
Publisher:
BFI Publishing
Publication date:
08/02/2011
Series:
BFI Film Classics Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
908,570
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Kozloff is Professor in the Department of Drama and Film at Vassar College, New York. She was the Consultant Editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory.

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