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The War Film: From the Battlefield to the Home Front

One of mankind’s worst instincts is warfare, yet it is sadly a state in which we find ourselves entangled throughout history. From the dawn of cinema, war has been a popular topic for depiction on the big screen. Beyond simply depicting or memorializing war, film has been reflective of how we view current conflicts and sometimes even how we understand them historically. And while combat is what we most associate with a war, there are many other facets to consider, including life on the home front. View eight “war films,” and discuss the historical conditions surrounding them and the filmmakers’ choices in making them. Screenings may include Paths of Glory, Casablanca, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Black Book, Hope and Glory, Radio Days, Born on the Fourth of July, The Killing Fields, and The Hurt Locker.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the genre of the war film
  • Familiarity with which films depicted historic conflicts truthfully and which took artistic license

Ideal for

  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
  • History and movie buffs
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