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Stars and stripes on screen : a comprehensive guide to portrayals of American military on film /
Lawrence H. Suid, Dolores A. Haverstick.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, c2005.
description
xxi, 419 p.
ISBN
0810854120 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, c2005.
isbn
0810854120 (pbk. : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5394392
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-11-01:
This work by two independent scholars offers entries on more than 100 television films, 175 documentaries, and 1,000 feature films, along with lists of films made with unacknowledged military assistance and those considered for the book but not included. Since the time period for the conflicts starts in 1898, Civil War films are absent. The entries succinctly indicate which period is covered, which service branches are portrayed and how much assistance they provided, running time, production company, the date the film was reviewed in The New York Times and Weekly Variety, and the main cast and crew, along with a short description of the film (sometimes only one sentence). The ten appendixes list films chronologically by service, subject, or period; the 25 greatest and worst films; significant but flawed films; Academy Award winners; select lists of actors and directors with significant credits in military films; and series featuring significant military characters or themes. The book lacks illustrations and an index but includes a good bibliography. The older work by Larry Langman and Ed Borg, Encyclopedia of American War Films (CH, Mar'90, 27-3645), has more textual information but lacks many of the other helpful features of this newer title. Suid has long had an interest in this particular genre, having previously written Guts and Glory: The Making of the American Military Image in Film (2nd ed., 2002). This reasonably priced item is suitable for all reference collections, especially those that lack similar materials. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Undergraduates, two-year program students, graduate students, and general readers. D. K. Blewett College of DuPage
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This book provides a fascinating look at military films....This will be useful in most film collections.
This reasonably priced item is suitable for all reference collections, especially those that lack similar materials. Recommended. Undergraduates, two-year program students, graduate students, and general readers.
Clearly, Dr. Suid's motion picture research, especially the war genre, has set the record straight many times....Without a doubt, this commentary ”a real gem ”sparkles with academic clarity and dry humor....Overall, Stars and Stripes on Screen contains a wealth of information that will please any researcher, film historian, or movie-lover with its exhaustive listings, careful cataloging, and incisive commentary.
Clearly, Dr. Suid's motion picture research, especially the war genre, has set the record straight many times....Without a doubt, this commentary-a real gem-sparkles with academic clarity and dry humor....Overall, Stars and Stripes on Screen contains a wealth of information that will please any researcher, film historian, or movie-lover with its exhaustive listings, careful cataloging, and incisive commentary.
The beauty of this book is that it helps us grasp the politics intrinsic to the making of ever so many films that offend or comply sometimes partially, with the Pentagon's understanding of its interests....This book is so good that serious film scholars or military history buffs will want to keep it at hand for frequent reference. And given the popularity of war films and their influence on public perceptions of history and foreign policy, this book should also be acquired by every university and public library.
Stars and Stripes presents an authoritative filmography for historians as well as for casual viewers.
For anyone interested in either military or film history, this work is a gem. Recommended for large public and academic libraries.
Military historian Suid, and Haverstick, who has edited his books for the past 15 years, cite all the US military films they could find information about. In addition to the usual credits and brief description, they provide review dates to show when the film appeared, have tried to learn whether a film sought and obtained assistance from one or another of the armed services, and discuss the military accuracy of the film. Included are feature films, television films, documentaries, and films with unseen military assistance. There is no index.
Stars and Stripes on Screen is a fascinating and easy read which will appeal to a general 'browsing' reader as well as to researchers and military historians. For film schools or any educational institution running a media course dealing with film genres at any depth, this is a worthwhile purchase.
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Summaries
Main Description
This guide to film portrayals of U.S. armed services lists more than 1,000 features produced in the United States since 1898. It also includes movies that received military assistance, documentaries, foreign films depicting American servicemen, and movies made for television. Each feature film entry contains credit information, a list of major cast members, year of production, service represented, and a summary.
Long Description
Throughout the 20th century and beyond, Hollywood has portrayed the U. S. armed services in mortal combat against enemies, real and imagined. Whether in a drama, comedy, or even a musical, the American military has played a role-either as a backdrop or as an integral element-in hundreds of films. Stars and Stripes on Screen is the guide to the portrayal of American armed services in motion pictures from 1898 to the present. It contains entries to more than 1,000 feature films produced in the U.S. and abroad. The guide also includes more than 100 made for television movies and more than 175 documentaries-a list that has never before been compiled, according to the National Archives and the Library of Congress. Each feature film entry identifies the following information: Title, director, producer, primary stars, studio, year of production, running time, and a brief abstract. In addition to this information, the guide also includes valuable details not often found in other guides: The war (or peacetime designation) in which the story took place, the service or services portrayed, and any cooperation that the production received from the American military. The entry also supplies (if applicable) the dates each film was reviewed in Weekly Variety and/or The New York Times. In addition, the guide has ten appendices, including select lists of actors and directors with significant military film credits, key portrayals by subject, significant portrayals of military leadership, and a listing of all military films to receive Academy Awards®, regardless of category. Most important, the guide contains a chronology of films by service. The wealth of information provided in Stars and Stripes on Screen will make this an indispensable guide for researchers and fans, as well as film and military historians.
Long Description
Throughout the 20th century and beyond, Hollywood has portrayed the U. S. armed services in mortal combat against enemies, real and imagined. Whether in a drama, comedy, or even a musical, the American military has played a role--either as a backdrop or as an integral element--in hundreds of films. Stars and Stripes on Screen is the guide to the portrayal of American armed services in motion pictures from 1898 to the present. It contains entries to more than 1,000 feature films produced in the U.S. and abroad. The guide also includes more than 100 made for television movies and more than 175 documentaries--a list that has never before been compiled, according to the National Archives and the Library of Congress. Each feature film entry identifies the following information: Title, director, producer, primary stars, studio, year of production, running time, and a brief abstract. In addition to this information, the guide also includes valuable details not often found in other guides: The war (or peacetime designation) in which the story took place, the service or services portrayed, and any cooperation that the production received from the American military. The entry also supplies (if applicable) the dates each film was reviewed in Weekly Variety and/or The New York Times. In addition, the guide has ten appendices, including select lists of actors and directors with significant military film credits, key portrayals by subject, significant portrayals of military leadership, and a listing of all military films to receive Academy Awards , regardless of category. Most important, the guide contains a chronology of films by service. The wealth of information provided in Stars and Stripes on Screen will make this an indispensable guide for researchers and fans, as well as film and military historians.
Table of Contents
Feature filmsp. 1
Television filmsp. 281
Documentariesp. 303
Films with unseen military assistancep. 337
Films considered but deemed ineligiblep. 341
Films chronologically by servicep. 351
Films by subject or periodp. 375
25 greatest American military filmsp. 381
Significant but highly flawed military filmsp. 383
25 worst American military filmsp. 385
Portrayals of military leadershipp. 387
Select list of actors with significant credits in military filmsp. 389
Select list of directors with significant credits in military filmsp. 397
Academy Award-winning military filmsp. 401
TV series featuring significant military characters/themesp. 405
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