Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9781861893475 Published June 2008 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $10.00 to $16.00 ISBN: 9781861895851 Published June 2008

War and Film

James Chapman

James Chapman

Distributed for Reaktion Books

192 pages | 100 halftones | 4-3/4 x 6-7/10
Paper $16.00 ISBN: 9781861893475 Published June 2008 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $10.00 to $16.00 ISBN: 9781861895851 Published June 2008
From the onset of the film medium, directors have found war an endlessly compelling and fruitful subject for their art. In War and Film, Chapman explores their fascination as well as audiences’ enduring need to examine and experience the vicissitudes of war.

Chapman examines the issues of truthfulness and realism that arise in depictions of war, whether in the supposed truth telling of war documentaries or Hollywood battle scenes that are “more realistic than the real thing.” The book considers films from the U. S., Britain, and Europe, and the national responses to cinematic depictions of particular conflicts. In case studies of such legendary works as Das Boot, Apocalypse Now, and All Quiet on the Western Front, the book parses their dominant narrative themes, ranging from war as a pointless tragedy to combat as an exciting and heroic adventure. But few films, Chapman contends, probe into the deeper ramifications of war—the psychological scars left on the soldier and civilians.

A study of remarkable breadth and scope, War and Film exposes the power of cinema in shaping our perceptions of violent conflict.
Film and History

"Given its size, its breadth of coverage in terms of both films and wars is truly impressive. This is a testament to James Chapman's expansive knowledge of the subject and astute ability to select just the right examples to make his points . . . essential reading for anyone interested in the subject, from the general reader to the specialist."–Film and History

TLS

"A well-researched and lively discussion."–Times Literary Supplement

Contents
Introduction
 
1. War as Spectacle
2. War as Tragedy
3. War as Adventure
 
Conclusion
References
Select Filmography
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index
 
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