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Kit Belgum, Chair 2505 University Avenue, Burdine Hall 336, Mailcode C3300, Austin TX 78712-1802 • 512-471-4123

Fall 2009

GRC 311 • Movies Go To War, WWI - Vietnam

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38635 MWF
3:00 PM-4:00 PM
BUR 216

Course Description

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!

Grading Policy

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


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