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By Patricia Keeton

ISBN-10: 1349447439

ISBN-13: 9781349447435

No different cinematic style extra sharply illustrates the contradictions of yank society - notions approximately social classification, politics, and socio-economic ideology - than the warfare movie. This e-book examines the most recent cycle of struggle movies to bare how they mediate and negotiate the complexities of conflict, type, and a military-political undertaking principally long past undesirable.

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The subject of The Iron Heel is a three-hundred-year war for socialism against the “Iron Heel” of oligarchic capitalism, and it is hard to imagine any American film or television studio adapting the story to film. It is perfectly acceptable for a foreign or American film studio to show the worker turned warrior being betrayed by the military or by the political machine, as do Breaker Morant (1980, Australian), Joyeux Noel (2005, a German-FrenchEnglish film), Three Kings (1999), Stop-Loss (2008), In the Valley of Elah (2007), The Tillman Story (2010), The Green Zone (2010), and even Avatar (2009).

These films subtly illustrate this paradox. What should have been a good war revisited becomes in each movie a conflicted, dark, and tortured event that plays havoc with the protagonists. If a moral exists it may be this: any war of discretion, especially wars that are so obviously asymmetrical, militarily one-sided in the extreme, cannot realistically be sanitized or made to look heroic. To the credit of these films, their directors and writers, no major studio war about the Persian Gulf War made it look more appealing than it actually was.

Benjamin Franklin, letter to Josiah Quincy, 1783 “I think a curse should rest on me—because I love this war. ” —Winston Churchill, letter to a friend, 1916 PNAC and the New Imperial Politics of War By 1990, when the Soviet Union collapsed, American leaders faced a new challenge: how to field an all-volunteer army to fight discretionary wars not to defend American shores but to extend American economic and political power. With the defeat of the Soviet bloc and the triumph of global capitalism, the emergence of the United States as the world’s sole military superpower enabled this country to fill an apparent power vacuum in the resource-rich and geopolitically desirable Balkans and Central Asia.

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