The American Civil War and the Hollywood War Film

  • Authors
  • John Trafton

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. John Trafton
    Pages 1-26
  3. John Trafton
    Pages 27-47
  4. John Trafton
    Pages 71-92
  5. John Trafton
    Pages 93-121
  6. John Trafton
    Pages 123-142
  7. John Trafton
    Pages 159-165
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 167-194

About this book

Introduction

Throughout film history, war films have been in constant dialogue with both previous depictions of war and contemporary debates and technology. War films remember older war film cycles and draw upon the resources of the present day to say something new about the nature of war. The American Civil War was viscerally documented through large-scale panorama paintings, still photography, and soldier testimonials, leaving behind representational principles that would later inform the development of the war film genre from the silent era up to the present. This book explores how each of these representational modes cemented different formulas for providing war stories with emotional content.

Keywords

War film war film American history war and cinema The Civil War The American Civil War Civil War films early cinema photography war photography pathos formula panorama painting World War I World War II the Vietnam War Iraq War Afghanistan War war diary soldier written accounts cinema Civil War Hollywood memory

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-137-49702-4
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-57387-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-49702-4
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