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War film- The genre
It is a film genre that shows warfare and the ravages caused by it. Such a movie may also focus on the prisoners of war, military training and covert operations. The plot may be based on fiction, history, docudrama, alternative history and can also be biographical. The typical elements of such a film are escapes, espionage, submarine warfare, personal heroism, brutalities of battles, infantry experiences, male-bonding etc.
The most prominent themes in such films are survival, combat, struggle, gallant sacrifice, profound explorations of human issues, effects of war on society, soul searching, inner conflict in characters etc.
According to John Belton, war movies have four different narrative elements: the absence of civilian morality in a state of war, the importance of collective goals over individual purposes, rivalry amongst men and objectification of women and reintegration of veterans.
A brief history
Aspects of warfare were first seen in the film ‘Birth of a Nation’ which was released in 1915. It depicted American Civil War.
Between 1914 and 1918, several documentaries were made on warfare. The movies during that time were used as propaganda in America. ‘The Battle and Fall of Przemysl’ by Albert K. Dawson is a good example of such a movie.
1920s and 1930s
Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Shoulder Arms’ was the first film to incorporate humor in a grave subject like warfare. The years following World War I saw the release of movies like ‘The Big Parade’, ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’, ‘Grand Illusion’ etc.
A popular convention that developed during this period was the cross-section of America taking the shape of a crack unit for the nation’s welfare. Some popular films of this decade are ‘Millions like Us’, ‘The Way Ahead’, ‘Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo’, ‘They Were Expendable’ etc.
The years after World War II saw several patriotic films that used warfare as a backdrop for adventure stories and drama. ‘The Dam Busters’, ‘Reach for the Sky’ and ‘Home of the Brave’ are some of the prominent films of this decade.
Prisoners-of-war was a popular subgenre during this period. These movies generally focused on escapes from the camps of World War II. Some fine examples of such movies would be ‘The Wooden Horse’, ‘The Colditz Story’ etc.
1960s and 1970s
These two decades saw the making of films based on commando mission, like ‘The Gift Horse’, ‘The Guns of Navarone’, ‘The Dirty Dozen’ etc. This era also saw some profound movies like ‘Ivan’s Childhood’ by Andrei Tarkovsky, ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ by David Lean etc.
Post-Vietnam war films
These films depicted the American disillusionment of battles. Films like ‘Catch-22’, ‘MASH’, ‘Patton’ etc. were made during this period.
1990s to 2000s
The success of Spielberg’s ‘Saving Private Ryan’ infused new life to war movies. This was followed by movies like ‘Pearl Harbour’, ‘Enemy at the Gates’ etc.
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