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The Naval War Film

Jonathan Rayner

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780719070983
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701157 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719070983.001.0001
The Naval War Film

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This book undertakes a consideration of the depiction of naval warfare within British and American cinema. The films (ranging from examples from the interwar period, the Second World War, the Cold War and contemporary cinema) encompass all areas of naval operations in war, and highlight varying institutional and aesthetic responses to navies and the sea in popular culture. Examination of the films centres on their similarities to and differences from the conventions of the war genre as described in earlier analyses, and seeks to determine whether the distinctive characteristics of naval film narratives justify their categorisation as a separate genre or sub-genre in popular cinema. The explicit factual bases and drama-documentary style of many key naval films (such as In Which We Serve, They Were Expendable and Das Boot) also require a consideration of them as texts for popular historical transmission. Their frequent reinforcement of establishment views of the past, which derives from their conservative ideological position towards national and naval culture, makes these films key texts for the consideration of national cinemas as purveyors of contemporary history as popularly conceived by filmmakers and received by audiences.

Keywords: naval warfare; British cinema; American cinema; films; Second World War; Cold War; sea; navies; popular culture; Das Boot

Book.  288 pages. 

Subjects: Film

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Introduction in The Naval War Film

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British naval films and the documentary feature in The Naval War Film

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Post-war British naval films and the service comedy in The Naval War Film

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Hollywood and the one-ocean war in The Naval War Film

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The submarine war and the submarine film in The Naval War Film

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American films of the Cold War in The Naval War Film

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Conclusion in The Naval War Film

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