Event Title

War and American Film

Presenter Information

Matthew Lara, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 223

Start Date

30-4-2015 1:50 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 2:25 PM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

Many war films have historically seen massive success in the American market. As such, they have a considerable influence on the American population. These films portray conflicts that US soldiers are involved in, most often from a more action-oriented point of view. Most recently, war films focus on the conflict in the Middle East, like our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, many Americans have only a vague understanding of the conflict, or even downright ignorance. I have seen many instances of Americans blatantly getting facts wrong, with clearly zero desire to learn the truth. I am researching whether these more recent war films, which are so successful and influential, are leading the general public the wrong way - whether these films accurately portray the facts and motivations in these conflicts. I examine the films' content, as well as analyze a variety of academic sources to make my argument.

Faculty Sponsor

Winifred Tate

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Anthropology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Social Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1535

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Apr 30th, 1:50 PM Apr 30th, 2:25 PM

War and American Film

Diamond 223

Many war films have historically seen massive success in the American market. As such, they have a considerable influence on the American population. These films portray conflicts that US soldiers are involved in, most often from a more action-oriented point of view. Most recently, war films focus on the conflict in the Middle East, like our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, many Americans have only a vague understanding of the conflict, or even downright ignorance. I have seen many instances of Americans blatantly getting facts wrong, with clearly zero desire to learn the truth. I am researching whether these more recent war films, which are so successful and influential, are leading the general public the wrong way - whether these films accurately portray the facts and motivations in these conflicts. I examine the films' content, as well as analyze a variety of academic sources to make my argument.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/217