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Galliopi: Thanks to Gordon Angus Mackinlay for the information on Weir and his aim of making money with the film. But here are some of the themes of the movie that fit the era so he could make money: Anti-War in a Vietnam era: The killing of one of the most engaging soldiers at the end--which is why you show the whole movie and not excerpts--is portrayed as a senseless, poignant act. Have to remind students that other nations were also involved in the Vietnam War--Australia, Korea....and the Anti-Vietnam spirit in film was in more nations than U.S. Anti-British: The Turks in the film are fairly anonymous, but does give a chance to discuss the importance of the battle in the reputation of Ataturk, Turkey sitting out WW II, Suez, oil and all that. The really inept, arrogant villains are the British officers, giving students an opportunity to discuss colonial tensions and a bit about Australian love/hate relations with the empire. Weir was more than aware, I'm sure, of the Gallipoli significance to Australians and why it would appeal to them. Buddy movie: Not a strong female character in sight. Since one of my aims is to include women's history, students were a bit puzzled about the lack of strong female characters in a film I'd chosen. Gave an opportunity to discuss war films, home front, and various readings we'd done in class about civilian casualties, etc. Male partners, violence, how many movies sold on that? Historical accuracy: I doubt that Gallipoli is much more "inaccurate" than most war films, but I'm sure, since the Australians know plenty about this battle, he got a good deal of criticism. Particularly for showing the Australian troops marauding through Cairo. But there's enough in the film to present the main themes of the Australian view that their troops were very brave and they were only defeated by British ineptitude and not by a superior force. What could be more money making than that? (And they were brave.) The point about Weir's making money begs the question of what themes he appealed to that created an audience. Marjorie Bingham Marjorie Bingham <firstname.lastname@example.org> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----