Even for many people who experienced the Vietnam War first hand, memories of that conflict have often been shaped by the popular films that depicted it: The Quiet American, The Green Berets, The Deer Hunter, Coming Home, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, and Apocalypse Now, among others. Vietnam War on Film examines how the war is portrayed through a selection of ten iconic films that represent the war through dramatization and storytelling as opposed to through documentary footage.
The book includes an introduction to the war’s history and a timeline of events, followed by ten chapters, each of which focuses on a specific Vietnam War movie. Chapters offer a uniquely detailed level of historical context for the films, weighing their depiction of events against the historical record and evaluating how well or how poorly those films reflected the truth and shaped public memory and discourse over the war. A final section of “Resources” provides a comprehensive annotated bibliography of print and electronic sources to aid students and teachers in further research.
- Provides a unique guide to the Vietnam War experience for film history buffs, students and scholars of history, and fans of the cinema
- Offers equal emphasis on the films themselves and the historical events depicted
- Presents carefully researched and highly informative coverage
- Stimulates debate over the various ways the war was interpreted and experienced