By Leonard Quart
During this latest replace to American movie and Society seeing that 1945, the authors extend upon past variations by way of including movies formerly missed, and develop their research of a couple of motion pictures by way of discussing how those works trap the temper and values of yank society in a selected decade. Interpretation of motion pictures can contain direct connections with social and political concerns, yet frequently care for the real subtext of goals, wants, and displacements that the yankee public feels. fresh motion pictures that current homosexual relationships and politics, corresponding to Brokeback Mountain and Milk, and that handle race kinfolk and concrete practical Crash and necessary are tested. This fourth version additionally addresses alterations within the sleek movie resembling convergence and the electronic revolution.
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Others struggled against it but in the process were tainted by evil even when they achieved a victory. And there were still other characters who acted as if they were the personification of that corruption. ”25 Of course, she qualified that perception by stating that the theme and the audience’s response to it were mainly unconscious. Other critics speculated that the bleak mood of film noir derived from the cumulative anxieties of the Depression, World War II, and the Cold War, though it was difficult to see, by a close analysis of these films, how public events may have directly influenced or shaped the perspective.
And the film tended to obfuscate social issues — dismissing class as a factor in American life by constructing a world where the comradeship of veterans, who run the gamut from bank officers to soda jerks, could un-self-consciously carry over into civilian life. It also personalized social problems such as the difficulties that GIs without capital had when they wanted to own a business or some land. Of course, the answer the film offers is not built on any institutional or structural reform. , American Madness), it’s politically sufficient that the film’s liberal banker, Al Stephenson (Fredric March), grant small loans without any collateral to respectable and hardworking veterans.
The film’s officers are viewed as heroes, men free of any fear or anxiety about the war, best illustrated by the impetuous, tough Captain Rusty Ryan (John Wayne), who is unwilling to allow mere wounds to prevent him from going into battle. ” Ford’s film was a celebration, not a critical portrait, of the American war effort. They Were Expendable is filled with patriotic and elegiac sentiments — a sound track playing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Red River Valley”; an affecting montage of wounded men, one of them who is blind, smoking a cigarette with trembling hands; and a melancholy full shot of exhausted, courageous nurses seen in silhouette walking through a hospital corridor.