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Course Description

For the boomer generation, the Second World War grows increasingly distant—and yet, for some of us, it has always been present in the hundreds of movies made in the United States during the war years. These films often are dismissed as so much propaganda, phony exhortations to support "the Good War." But there is much to be learned from these movies about the fears, hopes, and ambitions of Americans who fought and endured the war. This course seeks to demonstrate the evolution of Hollywood's wartime role and how these films expressed and sometimes betrayed American ideals. Each class will feature a relevant movie, with an introductory lecture and post-film discussion. Part 1 will cover the period 1939-1942; Part 2, 1942-46, is proposed for the winter 2020 term. A knowledge of US motion picture history and of the Second World War is useful but not required.   Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion Viewing Videos
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