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We’ll Always Have the Movies: American Cinema during World War II

Robert L. McLaughlin and Sally E. Parry


During the highly charged years of World War II, movies perhaps best communicated to Americans who they were and why they were fighting. These films were more than just an explanation of historical events: they asked audiences to consider the Nazi threat, they put a face on both the enemies and allies, and they explored changing wartime gender roles. This book shows how film after film repeated the narratives, character types, and rhetoric that made the war and each American's role in it comprehensible. To write this book the authors watched more than six-hundred films made between 1937 and 19 ... More

Keywords: World War II, fighting, Nazi threat, enemies, allies, wartime gender roles, film, narratives, character types, rhetoric

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780813123868
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813123868.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert L. McLaughlin, author

Sally E. Parry, author