Inventing Vietnam The War in Film and Television

ISBN-10: 0877228620

ISBN-13: 9780877228622

Edition: N/A

Authors: Michael Anderegg

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The Vietnam War has been depicted by every available medium, each presenting a message, an agenda, of what the filmmakers and producers choose to project about America's involvement in Southeast Asia. This collection of essays, most of which are previously unpublished, analyzes the themes, modes, and stylistic strategies seen in a broad range of films and television programs.From diverse perspectives, the contributors comprehensively examine early documentary and fiction films, postwar films of the 1970s such as The Deer Hunter and Apocalypse Now, and the reformulated postwar films of the 1980s-Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, and Born on the Fourth of July. They also address made-for-television movies and serial dramas like China Beach and Tour of Duty. The authors show how the earliest film responses to America's involvement in Vietnam employ myth and metaphor and are at times unable to escape glamorized Hollywood. Later films strive to portray a more realistic Vietnam experience, often creating images that are an attempt to memorialize or to manufacture different kinds of myths. As they consider direct and indirect representations of the war, the contributors also examine the power or powerlessness of individual soldiers, the racial views presented, and inscriptions of gender roles. Also included in this volume is a chapter that discusses teaching Vietnam films and helping students discern and understand film rhetoric, what the movies say, and who they chose to communicate those messages. Author note: Michael Anderegg is Professor of English at the University of North Dakota, and author of two other books: William Wyler and David Lean.
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Book details

List price: $32.95
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 10/11/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 295
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Michael Anderegg is professor of English at the University of North Dakota. He is the editor of Inventing Vietnam: The War in Film and Television,and author of David Leanand William Wyler.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Hollywood and Vietnam John Wayne and Jane Fonda as Discourse
Notes
All the Animals Come out at Night
Notes
Vietnam and the Hollywood Genre Film
Notes
Charlie Don't Surf Race and Culture in the Vietnam War Films
Notes
Finding a Language for Vietnam in the Action-Adventure Genre
Notes
Narrative Patterns and Mythic Trajectories in Mid-1980s Vietnam Movies
Notes
Rambo's Vietnam and Kennedy's New Frontier
Notes
Gardens of Stone, Platoon, and Hamburger Hill: Ritual and Remembrance
Notes
Primetime Television's Tour of Duty
Notes
Women Next Door to War
Notes
Male Bonding, Hollywood Orientalism, and the Repression of the Feminine in Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket
Notes
Vietnam, Chaos, and the Dark Art of Improvisation
Notes
Witness to War Oliver Stone, Ron Kovic, and Born on the Fourth of July
Notes
Teaching Vietnam the Politics of Documentary
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Selected Filmography and Videography
The Contributors
Index
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