Eastwood's Iwo Jima: Critical Engagements with Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima

Eastwood's Iwo Jima: Critical Engagements with Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima


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With Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Clint Eastwood made a unique contribution to film history, being the first director to make two films about the same event. Eastwood's films examine the battle over Iwo Jima from two nations' perspectives, in two languages, and embody a passionate view on conflict, enemies, and heroes. Together these works tell the story behind one of history's most famous photographs, Leo Rosenthal's "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima." In this volume, international scholars in political science and film, literary, and cultural studies undertake multifaceted investigations into how Eastwood's diptych reflects war today. Fifteen essays explore the intersection among war films, American history, and Japanese patriotism. They present global attitudes toward war memories, icons, and heroism while offering new perspectives on cinema, photography, journalism, ethics, propaganda, war strategy, leadership, and the war on terror.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231165655
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anne Gjelsvik is professor of film studies at the Department of Art and Media Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She has written about popular cinema, film violence and ethics, and the representation of gender in the media. She is currently working on representations of fatherhood in contemporary American cinema.

Rikke Schubart is an associate professor at the University of Southern Denmark. Her research concerns gender and genre in horror, war films, and action cinema. She is currently writing on women, horror, and emotions. Among her publications is Super Bitches and Action Babes: The Female Hero in Popular Cinema, 1970–2006.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors
Introduction: Know Your Enemy, Know Yourself, by Rikke Schubart and Anne Gjelsvik
Part 1: History
1. The Making and Remakings of an American Icon: 'Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima' from Photojournalism to Global, Digital Media, by Mette Mortensen
2. The Forgotten Cinematographer of Mount Suribachi: Bill Genaust's Eight-Second Iwo Jima Footage and the Historical Facsimile, by Bjørn Sørenssen
3. Flags of Their Stepfather? Race and Culture in the Context of Military Service and the Fight for Citizenship, by Martin Edwin Andersen
Part 2: Flags of Our Fathers
6. Following the Flag in American Film, by Robert Eberwein
7. Care or Glory? Picturing a New War Hero, by Anne Gjelsvik
8.Beyond Mimesis: War, History, and Memory in Flags of Our Fathers, by Holger Pötzsch
9. Clint Eastwood's Postclassical Multiple Narratives of Iwo Jima, by Glenn Man
10. Haunting in the War Film: Flags of Our Fathers, by Robert Burgoyne
Part 3: Letters from Iwo Jima
11. Eastwood and the Enemy, by Rikke Schubart
12. Eat of Eastwood: Iwo Jima and the Japanese Context, by Lars-Martin Sørensen
13. Humanism versus Patriotism: Eastwood Trapped in the Bi-polar Logic of Warfare, by Mikkel Bruun Zangenberg
14. Suicide in Letters from Iwo Jima, by Robert Burgoyne
Part 4: War Today
15. To Sell a War: Flags, Lies, and Tragedy, by Vibeke Schou Tjalve
16. Banzai! Letters from Iwo Jima and Choosing the Enemy in Risk Society, by Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen

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