The Vietnam War on Film, 1st Edition

  • David Luhrssen
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  • ISBN-10: 1440866732
  • ISBN-13: 9781440866739
  • DDC: 791.43
  • 208 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released September 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Even for many people who experienced the Vietnam War first hand, memories of that conflict have often been shaped by the popular films that depicted it: The Quiet American, The Green Berets, The Deer Hunter, Coming Home, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, and Apocalypse Now, among others. This book examines how the war is portrayed through a selection of ten iconic films that represent the war through dramatization and storytelling as opposed to through documentary footage. It includes an introduction to the war's history and a timeline of events, followed by chapters on specific Vietnam War movies that offer a uniquely detailed level of historical context for the films, weighing their depiction of events against the historical record and evaluating how well or how poorly those films reflected the truth and shaped public memory and discourse over the war. A "Resources" section provides a comprehensive annotated bibliography of print and electronic sources to aid further research.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Series Foreword.
1: The Green Berets (1968).
2: Coming Home (1978).
3: The Boys in Company C (1978).
4: The Deer Hunter (1978).
5: Apocalypse Now (1979).
6: Platoon (1986).
7: Full Metal Jacket (1987).
8: We Were Soldiers (2002).
9: The Quiet American (2002).
10: Rescue Dawn (2007).
About the Author.