Vietnam at 24 Frames a Second: A Critical and Thematic Analysis of 360 Films About the Vietnam War

Vietnam at 24 Frames a Second: A Critical and Thematic Analysis of 360 Films About the Vietnam War

by Jeremy M. Devine

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Overview

Beginning in 1948 with Paramount's Saigon and Universal's Rogue's Regiment, Hollywood has produced hundreds of features and made-for-television films about Vietnam and the ensuing conflict. With the exception of The Green Berets (1968), few were designed to rally Americans to the cause as earlier war movies had done. Many were not even combat films, instead dealing with such domestic issues as protests, veteran re-entry, MIAs and POWs.
Arranged chronologically, this is a critical analysis of Vietnam War films from 1948 through 1993. Recurring themes are stressed along with the ways that movie America reflected the national reality, with essays blending plot synopses and critical commentary. The movies run the gamut of genres: dramas, action, adventure, horror, comedies and even one musical.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786476022
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

After many years at Paramount Pictures in domestic film distribution, Jeremy M. Devine became vice president of marketing and advertising for Rave Cinemas, a pioneer in digital projection and 3D technology. He is now head of studio relations for one of the world’s largest ticketing services.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction xi

1 Viet Where? The Early Years, 1948-1966 1

2 Head-On Conflict and Refracted Images, 1967-1969 28

3 Hot Chrome and Hippie Cool, 1970-1973 59

4 Transition to Peacetime, 1974-1977 98

5 The Four Horsemen, 1978 130

6 And the Apocalypse, 1979 173

7 Winning the War, 1980-1985 198

8 The Grunts, 1986-1987 237

9 Born Again, 1988-1989 275

10 To the Gulf and Beyond, 1990-1993 317

Appendix I Vietnam Films Listed Alphabetically 367

Appendix II Vietnam Films Listed Chronologically 371

Appendix III Vietnam War Documentaries 375

Appendix IV Film Distributors 377

Index 379

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