GRC 311 • Movies Go To War, WWI - Vietnam
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Description: This course will introduce some of the most famous war films, and some less familiar ones, from the US and Europe-- from Grand Illusion through Saving Private Ryan. Each war has developed its own kinds of war movies, from World Wars I and II, through the Korean police action, and the Vietnam conflict. These films will be used to introduce how to "read" films as part of cultural history and think critically about their content. Scenes from each war will be compared to the "real history" behind the film, to pose questions about how history can be written and rewritten in films. Take a trip through cinematic battlefields, to see how films have helped their audiences think about the roles of the world's superpowers in world contexts!
Assignments and grading: 40% completion of online quizzes that correspond to issues in class 30% each-midterm and final -- short answer/identification plus essay
Texts/Readings: James Monaco, Nick Drjuchin (Illustrator), David Lindroth (Illustrator). How To Read a Film: Book (3rd ed.) and DVD-ROM. Harbor Electronic Publishing; 2000; ISBN: 0966974492 Text on twentieth century history (TBD) Films to be viewed outside of class; some with text analogues for reading Fact sheets on each film