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From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [was Most Law Abiding.......]: Films of war can be right also Date: March 13, 2010 3:56:18 AM EST To: H-NET Military History Discussion List <H-WAR@H-NET.MSU.EDU> Reply-To: email@example.com Some posted commentary has speculated or presented discussion concerned with the errors of film, since most, otehr than documentries, are works of war art or fiction about war and its history. In reference to the specifics of US paritcipation in WW II and its history, just the other evening, for the very first time, it was my chance to see the film, 'Over 21", produced in 1945. Irene Dunn, Charles Coburn and others appeared in this story of Officers Training School participation by a lead who was 40ish, copmpeting with very much younger officer trainees. I would recommend that close attention be given to the ending speech at graudation for the officers, by the over 40 officer. His observations, presented some simple principles, analogy to 'baking' and recipe building for Apple Pie. His point, showed that for an baking and recipe to come out successfully, the right ingredients lead to that success. His elegant statement was far better than this limited description. He then related how events unkown and known had led to the death of his friend; had, the US paid greater attention to those events beyond the borders, the events leading to that death might have not taken place. It is a powerful statement of why and reasons for US concerns about events not part of the immediate citizens world and life to be focused upon. This film is certainly worthy of inclusion in teaching and history of that war, if for no other reason to than to bring into view and focus this conclusion speech. There might be far fewer dictators, outlaw groups and movements, had this history been put into practice, as a historical matter and military experience during the post-war, WW II period. Its description of hostiles beyond the borders of the US was not only most accurate but quite historically accurate, for fiction. Wyatt Reader UCLA__Whittier College California Community Colleges//privat[Instructor] ----- 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 -----