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Author Puckett, Kent, author

Title War pictures : cinema, violence, and style in Britain, 1939-1945 / Kent Puckett
Published New York : Fordham University Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 264 pages) : illustrations
Series World War II: the global, human, and ethical dimension ; [25]
World War II--the global, human, and ethical dimension ; 25
Contents Introduction -- "But what is it about?" : the life and death of Colonel Blimp -- Pistol's two bodies : Henry V at war -- Celia Johnson's face : before and after brief encounter -- Epilogue : Derek Jarman's war
Summary In 'War Pictures', Puckett looks at how Britain imagined, saw, and sought to represent its war during wartime. How did the material and conceptual pressures of total war affect what it meant to see or to make art? How did culture and, in particular, cinema function as propaganda, as criticism, as a form of self-analysis, as a reflection on war and the kinds of violence it tends to unleash? How did British filmmakers, writers, critics, and politicians understand the nature and consequence of total war as it related to ideas about freedom and security, the idea of national character, and the daunting persistence of human violence? 'War Pictures' is also about violence, aesthetics, and conceptual difficulties of war in general; in other words, beginning with a close and critical analysis of a particular cultural scene, the author makes strong and important claims about where the historiography of war, the philosophy of violence, and aesthetics come importantly together
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Motion pictures -- Great Britain -- History.
War films -- Great Britain -- History and criticism.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Motion pictures and the war.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Knowledge Unlatched
ISBN 082327652X (electronic bk.)
0823280802 (electronic bk.)
9780823276523 (electronic bk.)
9780823280803 (electronic bk.)
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