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From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: REPLY: War movies are wrong, how and why Date: March 14, 2010 9:41:22 PM EDT To: H-NET Military History Discussion List <H-WAR@H-NET.MSU.EDU> In regard to war movies, my input on their lack of depth in describing real history, i.e., who fought whom, why, how it was waged, etc, has already been registered. I certainly acknowledge the capacity of well made movies to express more of human experience than the written word. The beach scene in Saving Private Ryan is wonderful in communicating something of the way things are experienced in battle, just as the scene in Sophie's Choice where the people arrive at the camp and she has to choose which of her children will die communicates more of the horror than just reading that such circumstances existed. I also agree that some movies are "knowledge-destroying", but there's no need to go further in that. Previously I had said that learning history is best served by good documentaries. On rare occasions, a movie can exist both as entertainment but to some extent as a semi-documentary. The best example of that is "Band of Brothers", which fairly closely follows the nonfictional book, and was even improved during the making by the presence of some of the actual veterans on the set, who provided more historical details during the filming. Of course, 10 episodes adds up to a lot longer than any movie in theaters ever could. From the information I have on the latest miniseries, "The Pacific", it has been made in much the way of "Band of Brothers", and so may also serve to provide a window into History. R J Del Vecchio ----- 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 -----