Real War Vs. Reel War: Veterans, Hollywood, And Wwii by Suzanne BroderickReal War Vs. Reel War: Veterans, Hollywood, And Wwii by Suzanne Broderick

Real War Vs. Reel War: Veterans, Hollywood, And Wwii

bySuzanne Broderick

Hardcover | January 22, 2015

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World War II has been the subject of hundreds, if not thousands, of films produced in the United States alone. From training camp scenes in See Here, Private Hargrove to images of brutal combat in Saving Private Ryan, filmmakers have been tasked with replicating pivotal moments in the war. But sometimes story lines and dramatic manipulations of audiences have led to less-than-faithful re-creations of what men and women have endured during times of conflict.In Real War vs. Reel War: Veterans, Hollywood, and World War II, Suzanne Broderick looks at how on-screen portrayals hold up against wartime experiences of actual combatants-soldiers, sailors, pilots, code talkers, and prisoners of war. In addition, two women-real-life "Rosie the Riveters"-compare depictions of the homefront with their experiences during the war. These members of the Greatest Generation share personal memories and offer commentary on the films that have sought to capture what it was really like. Among the films discussed in this book are such classics as Battleground, Twelve O'Clock High, The Best Years of Our Lives, Since You Went Away, The Sands of Iwo Jima, and The Great Escape, as well as more contemporary films such as Swing Shift and Windtalkers. By providing a "human" look at the military, the war effort, and how such people and events were depicted on screen, Real War vs. Reel War makes a unique contribution to the conversation about Hollywood's role in shaping history. This book will appeal to historians, cultural critics, and anyone interested in war cinema.
Suzanne Broderick teaches history at Illinois State University, where she developed an interdisciplinary course entitled "Hollywood History," which combines Hollywood film and American history.
Title:Real War Vs. Reel War: Veterans, Hollywood, And WwiiFormat:HardcoverDimensions:172 pages, 9.23 × 6.28 × 0.7 inPublished:January 22, 2015Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter 1 - Hollywood, History, and the HistorianChapter 2 - Tough 'Ombres and BattlegroundChapter 3 - Carriers and Kamikazes: Wing and a PrayerChapter 4 - Stormy Weather: Memphis Belle and Twelve O'Clock HighChapter 5 - Guadalcanal Diary, Back to Bataan, and The Sands of Iwo Jima: A Veteran's ReviewChapter 6 - Stalag Luft III: Tales of The Great EscapeChapter 7 - Code Talkers, Windtalkers and True WhisperersChapter 8 - The Rosies: Lucy, Goldie, Ginger, and MargeConclusionFurther ReadingFilmographyNotesWorks CitedIndex About the Author

Editorial Reviews

I found your book to be very fascinating. You had a great concept and nicely executed it. We've seen books on historical accuracy and film . . . but I like that you were able to find actual World War II veterans to give their perspective on the films.