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Crimson Conflict: A History of War and Cinema

In this course, we will discuss how artists and film industries have used the film medium to respond to war.  We will focus on the cinematic representation of conflicts from the mid 19th century through the present day.

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)

Issues discussed will include screen violence, film as propaganda, film as contextualization of history, and addressing social issues in a popular and expensive medium targeted to popular audiences.  Films discussed will include Apocalypse Now, Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line and All Quiet on the Western Front.

Each week, we will look at a different topic concerning war in cinema. Sessions will begin with a seminar discussion introducing the film for the week, followed by a screening of a film and another, short discussion. We will address a wide range of themes, including race and the American Civil War, Colonialism, the Great War and the tragedy of the Lost Generation, the Cold War and Vietnam. The course will have a both an aesthetic approach, focusing on the art of cinema, and a historical perspective, discussing the individual conflicts portrayed. 


Date: Wednesday evenings, starting 9 October 2013
Time: 6:30pm
Duration: 12 meetings


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