ISBN-10:
0819566233
ISBN-13:
2900819566231
Pub. Date:
05/15/2003
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
World War II Combat Film: Anatomy of a Genre / Edition 1

World War II Combat Film: Anatomy of a Genre / Edition 1

by Jeanine Basinger

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World War II Combat Film: Anatomy of a Genre / Edition 1

One of America's most renowned film scholars, Jeanine Basinger, offers a revealing, perceptive and highly readable look at the combat film. Discussing over 1,000 movies, Basinger covers in-depth the key examples of the genre and uses them to define the meaning of genre itself. From Bataan to Battleground to The Dirty Dozen to Saving Private Ryan, the book traces the evolution of the combat genre, as its recurring characters, plots and events are used and reused over time. There is also a section outlining what happens when women replace men in combat and when the subject is treated as comedy. First published in 1986, this updated and expanded edition contains a new introduction and an updated filmography. This is an essential text for anyone seriously interested in genre or movies, and, with 38 photographs, is as much a treat to look at as it is to read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900819566231
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Publication date: 05/15/2003
Edition description: 1st Wesleyan ed
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

JEANINE BASINGER is the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies at Wesleyan University and Chair of the Film Department. She is the author of Silent Stars (Wesleyan, 2000), A Woman’s View: How Hollywood Spoke To Women (Wesleyan, 1995) and numerous other books.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Wesleyan Editionxi
Acknowledgmentsxv
Introduction1
1.Definition14
2.Prior History76
3.Evolution109
4.Variations of Genre199
5.Problems of Genre236
6.Combat Redux253
Annotated Chronological Filmography of World War II and Korean Combat Films263
Annotated Chronological Filmography: 1981-2003325
AppendixSelected Titles Relevant to Prior History of World War II Combat Films343
Notes345
Bibliography353
Index of Films355
Subject Index367

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Robert Sklar

“No other book offers comparable breadth or focus. It makes available a scholarly, historical context for students, readers and filmgoers to understand the continuities and changes in present-day representations of World War II.”

Robert Brent Toplin

“The book is a delight to read. Basinger communicates in a clear and engaging way, and her lively writing makes the study of movies as enjoyable as watching movies.”

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