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Clint Eastwood’s Postclassical Multiple Narratives of Iwo Jima

Glenn Man

in Eastwood's Iwo Jima

Published by Columbia University Press

Published in print June 2013 | ISBN: 9780231165655
Published online November 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780231850438 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7312/columbia/9780231165655.003.0008
Clint Eastwood’s Postclassical Multiple Narratives of Iwo Jima

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This chapter examines Clint Eastwood’s 2006 films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima in light of postclassical narration and multi-protagonist plots. Both Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima exhibit several characteristics of the multiple narrative film. Eastwood’s use of multiple narratives in both films is an example of a trend in contemporary cinema and also a continuation of his Mystic River (2003), but at the same time it represents a bold experiment of its own in postmodern war cinema. The essay analyzes the differences in the narrative structures of Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima as well as their impact on viewers’ understanding.

Keywords: narration; Clint Eastwood; Flags of Our Fathers; Letters from Iwo Jima; narrative film; Mystic River; war cinema; narrative structure

Chapter.  7805 words. 

Subjects: Film

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