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Course Description

For the boomer generation, the Second World War grows increasingly distant—and yet, for some of us, it remains present in the hundreds of movies made in the United States during the war years. These films are often 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 2 continues the course from the fall 2019 term and will cover the period 1943-46. However, new enrollees are welcome. 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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