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A Guide to Films on the Korean War by Paul M. Edwards

By Paul M. Edwards

Written through a well informed movie critic and Korean battle student, this can be the single advisor solely dedicated to the examine of Hollywood and tv motion pictures according to the Korean struggle, 1950-1953. It opens with 8 brief essays, discussing the allure of the conflict movie style, executive and filmmaker cooperation, the isolation of Korean conflict motion pictures from different warfare movies, why John Wayne did not make a Korean warfare movie, the opposite actors who did, the plots of Korean battle movies, tv and Korean conflict motion pictures, and the myths because of movies. Eighty-four motion pictures are then mentioned in alphabetically prepared entries.

The entries comprise construction unit, colour prestige, manufacturer, director, screenwriter, actors and actresses, motion picture size, and the author's numerical ranking of the movie. The statement locations every one movie in the context of different warfare movies, the Korean warfare, developments in Hollywood, and the social and political realities of the U.S.. the movies are also indexed chronologically. manufacturers, administrators, screenwriters, actors, and actresses are listed by way of accountability and are integrated within the common index. The publication additionally offers a listing of 109 documentary movies to be had for public viewing.

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Legacies, Myths, and Potential Films 43 (4) The war in Korea was primarily a winter war. Certainly Korea could be one of the coldest places on earth and during the winter months the cold was sometimes as difficult to deal with as the enemy. But Korea had its summers, and they were just as hot as the winters were cold. The difficulty in Korea was the extremes of temperature and the lack of appropriate clothing to meet it. (5) That President Syngman Rhee was a democrat and that America was there to protect democracy.

All texts failed to note the relevance of Korean culture and many of the accounts retained the Cold War attitude of powerful nations in conflict. Nor, according to the authors, was there any recognition that the significant controversies of the Korean War are relevant to U. S. foreign policy today. 29 Korea was truly a foreign war. When hostilities began few Americans could have told you where Korea was located. And even the most sophisticated observer of world politics could see little connection between the civil conflict in Korea and world-wide communist domination.

It is hard to believe, looking back on Hollywood of the 1950s, that Wayne neither sought nor was given such a role in a Korean War movie. What is lacking is not so much Wayne's acting talents, but the fact that the character people knew as "the Duke" had no role in these films. Over the years the viewing public saw the Duke defending the country from a whole range of historical dangers. He screen-fought nearly every American war, appearing in all kinds of roles, from a colonial farmer during the French and Indian Wars, to the tough air ace in The Flying Leathernecks (1951), to the over-aged, pot-bellied American colonel in The Green Berets (1968).

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