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We’ll Always Have the Movies

Robert L. McLaughlin and Sally E. Parry

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780813123868
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134840 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813123868.001.0001
We’ll Always Have the Movies

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During the highly charged years of World War II, movies perhaps best communicated to Americans who they were and why they were fighting. These films were more than just an explanation of historical events: they asked audiences to consider the Nazi threat, they put a face on both the enemies and allies, and they explored changing wartime gender roles. This book shows how film after film repeated the narratives, character types, and rhetoric that made the war and each American's role in it comprehensible. To write this book the authors watched more than six-hundred films made between 1937 and 1946—including many never before discussed in this context—and have analyzed the cultural and historical importance of these films in explaining the war to moviegoers. This study shows how filmmakers made the chaotic elements of wartime familiar, while actual events became film history, and film history became myth.

Keywords: World War II; fighting; Nazi threat; enemies; allies; wartime gender roles; film; narratives; character types; rhetoric

Book.  368 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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Introduction in We’ll Always Have the Movies

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Before Pearl Harbor in We’ll Always Have the Movies

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The War in the Pacific in We’ll Always Have the Movies

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Our Enemies in We’ll Always Have the Movies

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Our Fighting Allies in We’ll Always Have the Movies

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Our Occupied Allies in We’ll Always Have the Movies

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American Men and Women in We’ll Always Have the Movies

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Home-Front Anxieties in We’ll Always Have the Movies

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Postwar Films in the Postwar World in We’ll Always Have the Movies

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