The First World War and Popular Cinema: 1914 To the Present

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Cinema was almost twenty years old when WWI broke out but the war introduced radical changes in the making and use of film. The First World War and Popular Cinema is a new attempt to provide a comparative analysis of how the war has been remembered in film. It looks at how national cinemas were mobilised as part of the war effort and at how, subsequently, film makers shaped the memory and legacy of the war in later years. The book takes a comparative approach with case studies on Britain, United States and Russia and includes essays which examine the film production of other combatant nations: Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Canada, Poland. The films examined include All Quiet on the Western Front, Gallipoli, J'Accuse, The Grand Illusion, The Big Parade, Westfront 1918 and Regenerationwell as lesser known titles from the period 1920-1990. For students, teachers and academics, as well as readers interested in film or the First World War, this collection of essays provides a fascinating study of the ways in which popular cinema has reconstructed the experience of the First World War.Key Features: * Original and comparative volume * An examination of how all the major combatant nations have reconstructed the war in film * All essays are written by distinguished experts in their field * Illustrated with rare contemporary photographs, film stills and film posters

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The Great War played an instrumental role in the development of cinema, so necessary was it to the mobilization efforts of the combatant nations. In turn, after the war, as memory began to fade, cinema continued to shape the war's legacy and eventually to determine the ways in which all warfare is imagined.

The First World War and Popular Cinema provides fresh insights into the role of film as an historical and cultural tool. Through a comparative approach, essays by contributors from Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States enrich our understanding of cinematic depictions of the Great War in particular and combat in general. New historical research on both the uses of propaganda and the development of national cinemas make this collection one of the first to show the ways in which film history can contribute to our study of national histories. The contributors to the volume monitor popular perceptions of the war, the reshaping of the war's legacy, and the evolution of cinematic cliches that are perpetuated in filmmaking through the century. Some of the films they discuss are "All Quiet on the Western Front", "Gallipoli", "The Grand Illusion", "The Big Parade", "Battle of the Somme", "J'Accuse", "Regeneration", and many more. "The First World War and Popular Cinema is a vital addition to film studies and history, two fields only recently united in a productive way.

About the Author:

Michael Paris is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Central Lancashire. He formerly worked for the Open University and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Previous publications include Novels of the Second World War and Winged Warfare, and From the Wright Brothers
to "Top Gun": Aviation, Nationalism and Popular Cinema.

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