We are accustomed to seeing military men glorified in film. Films often depict military leaders as the greatest, most admired men (or women?) in history. We see Alexander the Great, Spartacus, William Wallace, Henry V, Napoleon, Lord Nelson, George Washington, Benedict Arnold, U.S. Grant, George Custer, Dwight Eisenhower, George Patton, Douglas McArthur, Lawrence of Arabia, and, most recently, Davey Crockett glorified as the saviors of their civilizations. But do they really deserve such admiration?
Has Hollywood ever treated a military leader honestly? If not, why not? Do we now or did we ever HAVE TO perceive these military leaders as unqualified heroes? Even documentary biographies reviewing the careers of such soldiers as Eisenhower and Montgomery, although somewhat more realistic the Hollywood biographies, often tend to lionize these men rather than attempt an objective look at them.
The Film & History League, in association with the Literature/Film Association, will be holding its 3rd bi-annual conference from November 11-14, 2004, near Dallas, TX. This conference will focus on War in Film, Television, and History.
Full details on the location, registration procedures, and additional area topics can be found on the web at www.filmandhistory.org.
Deadline for proposals is August 30, 2004.
To contact Suzanne Broderick, the Area Chair for "MILITARY LEADERS AND FILM," please see the address below.
Literature Film Association and The Literature/Film Quarterly
(Purely literary or literature and radio or film.)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
AREAS OF STUDY (all listed on web site with contact info)
Aesthetics of the War Film
Anti-War Comedies and Parodies
Consequences and Legacies
Cuban Missile Crisis
Depiction on Television
The Home Front
Literature Film Association
World War II—A and B Films
WWII on ABC
Adrian Cronauer of Good Morning Vietnam
Lawrence Suid, author of Guts and Glory: The Making of the
American Military Image on Film
Frank Thompson, expert on the Alamo and content expert for
The Alamo (2004)
Jeanine Basinger, author of The World War II Combat Film
Contact: Area Chairs via web site or Peter Rollins at RollinsPC@aol.com
Illinois State University.
Normal, Illinois 61761
309 268-9940 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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