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The World War II combat film : anatomy of a genre /
Jeanine Basinger ; updated filmography by Jeremy Arnold.
1st Wesleyan University Press pbk. ed.
Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, 2003.
xvi, 376 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0819566233 (alk. paper)
More Details
Middletown, Conn. : Wesleyan University Press, 2003.
0819566233 (alk. paper)
general note
First published in hardcover by Columbia University Press in 1986.
catalogue key
Filmography: p. 263-341.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 353-354) and indexes.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Jeanine Basinger is the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies at Wesleyan University and Chair of the Film Department.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1986-03-15:
In singling out World War II combat films from war films in general, Basinger argues that these films about heroes who lead mixed ethnic groups toward combat objectives constitute a separate genre with clear origins and a discernable evolution. From beginnings in such films as Wake Island and Bataan, which established their conventions, Basinger identifies four additional stages through which the films moved as their generic conventions were inflected in response to Korea, the Cold War, and Vietnam. While Basinger's detailed analyses of individual films gives her argument great specificity, she dodges tougher questions about the forces behind generic change. Primarily for specialists. Marshall Deutelbaum, English Dept., Purdue Univ., W. Lafayette, Ind. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1986-09:
Focusing on what appears to be a rather narrow genre, Basinger manages to address quite a few basic questions related to popular genres. She does this clearly and with the authority of one who has done both the research and critical thinking essential for an understanding of the films. The text covers a broad spectrum of films dealing with combat and approaches the subject historically, structurally, and socially. The book is refreshingly free of jargon and aesthetic judgment. Basinger, who teaches film at Wesleyan University and has written several books on film including the excellent Anthony Mann (CH, Feb '80), has included a comprehensive bibliography and a concise, cross-referenced index. Illustrations are few and well integrated in the text. Typeface and layout make this particularly easy to read. In spite of the apparent limitation of subject, Basinger's use of the combat film as an example of genre rather than an end in itself makes this a book with potentially broad use. For the teacher looking for a text to integrate with a course on a specific genre, this book would be well worth considering. Useful to upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers.-S.M. Kaminsky, Northwestern University
Review Quotes
"A solid title for public and academic film collections."--Library Journal
"A solid title for public and academic film collections."ÑLibrary Journal
"The book is a delight to read. Basinger communicates in a clear and engaging way, and her lively writing makes the study of movies as enjoyable as watching movies."
"The book is a delight to read. Basinger communicates in a clear and engaging way, and her lively writing makes the study of movies as enjoyable as watching movies." -- Robert Brent Toplin, Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington
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Main Description
One of America's most renowned film scholars, Jeanine Basinger, offers a revealing, perceptive and highly readable look at the combat film. Discussing over one thousand movies, Basinger covers in-depth the key examples of the genre and uses them to define the meaning of genre itself. From "Bataan" to "Battleground" to "The Dirty Dozen" to "Saving Private Ryan," the book traces the evolution of the combat genre, as its recurring characters, plots and events are used and reused over time. There is also a section outlining what happens when women replace men in combat and when the subject is treated as comedy. First published in 1986, this updated and expanded edition of the book contains a new introduction, a new chapter on "Saving Private Ryan" and an updated filmography. This is an essential text for anyone seriously interested in genre, movies, and with 38 photographs, as much a treat to look at as it is to read.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Wesleyan Editionp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
Definitionp. 14
Prior Historyp. 76
Evolutionp. 109
Variations of Genrep. 199
Problems of Genrep. 236
Combat Reduxp. 253
Annotated Chronological Filmography of World War II and Korean Combat Filmsp. 263
Annotated Chronological Filmography: 1981-2003p. 325
Selected Titles Relevant to Prior History of World War II Combat Filmsp. 343
Notesp. 345
Bibliographyp. 353
Index of Filmsp. 355
Subject Indexp. 367
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