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by Robert R. Davenport

eBook The Encyclopedia of War Movies: A Complete Guide to Movies about Wars of the 20th-Century epub
  • ISBN: 0816044791
  • Author: Robert R. Davenport
  • Genre: Entertainment
  • Subcategory: Movies
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Checkmark Books (October 1, 2003)
  • Pages: 432 pages
  • ePUB size: 1158 kb
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A timeless Hollywood staple, the war movie has become an American art form. This is a complete reference to movies made about 20th-century wars.

A timeless Hollywood staple, the war movie has become an American art form. Featuring more than 800 entries, it covers everything from the early silent films to modern-day blockbusters with in-depth discussion on each film.

Davenport, Robert B. (October 2003). The Encyclopedia of War Movies: A Complete Guide to Movies about Wars of the 20th Century.

War is an important theme in American movies. However, this book contains American films dealing only with twentieth-century wars. Interestingly, one of the earliest films was the 1898 title Tearing Down the Spanish Flag, which quickly found an audience. It should also be noted that the selection is not exhaustive but reflects the author's own preferences. His background includes military and legal experience, and he was a technical advisor for Pearl Harbor. More than 800 movies are covered, with entries generally ranging from one-sixth of a page to a couple of pages in length.

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Most historians trace the opening curtain of the war to the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party, and their infiltration of. .

Most historians trace the opening curtain of the war to the rise of Adolph Hitler and the Nazi Party, and their infiltration of Poland in 1939. This aggressive action was met with an immediate and dire response from Britain and France, who threatened full-fledged war if German soldiers failed to withdraw. Their warning went unheeded. More great documentaries

The war to end all wars" has influenced the Atomic Age and the Cold War . The book and the VHS is unique in following the war documentary in the way it did.

Through perspectives from all sides of the war, the series shows how violent events early in this century still cast a dark shadow on life today.

This cinematic guide to war movies spans 800 years in its analysis of films from those set in the 13th century Scottish Wars of.

This cinematic guide to war movies spans 800 years in its analysis of films from those set in the 13th century Scottish Wars of Independence (Braveheart) to those taking place during the 21st-century war in Afghanistan (Lone Survivor). World War II has produced the largest number of war movies and continues to spawn recently released films such as Dunkirk. This book explores those, but also examines films set during such conflicts as the Napoleonic Wars, the American Civil War, World War I, the Vietnam War, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

With more than 800 entries, The Encyclopedia of War Movies is a complete survey of feature films about armed .

With more than 800 entries, The Encyclopedia of War Movies is a complete survey of feature films about armed conflicts from the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 to the Persian Gulf War and the campaigns in the Balkans. Special features include discussion of historical inaccuracies and anachronisms in movies and the real-life military service of cast and crew members.

Presents an overview of more than eight hundred films featuring armed conflicts, including "All Quiet on the Western Front," "The Great Escape," "The Thin Red Line," and "Schindler's List."
Comments: (6)
Muniath
As a fan who has watched well over a hundred and fifty war movies, I appreciate author Robert Davenport's extensive work to capture in a single volume Hollywood's catalog of films set in 20th Century wars. It is definitely a fine resource.

Like most film guides, each film entry in the book begins with production data such as the year of release, the studio, producer, director, and cast. There's a brief description of the film's plot, often followed by Interesting Facts, Mistakes, Quotes, and Awards.

The treatment of the film entries is uneven and reflect the author's own interest in the film or history portrayed, and probably the access the author had to movie. The more famous and notable films tend to get significant coverage, where many of the lesser known films have little more information than one might expect in any movie guide (which is likely where it came from).

There is a great deal of useful information and trivia to whet the appetites of war film and military history fans like me. But this is where the irregular attention to detail has its drawbacks -- the more details one adds to a volume, the greater the likelihood error or significant omission. Editing was not very thorough, so for example, the plot description of the 1938 Jimmy Stewart movie "The Shopworn Angel" starts with "During World War I, Gary Cooper . . ." when Cooper is not in the film, which a simple check of the cast listing immediately above it would verify. (The author has listed EVERY cast member in each movie, and alphabetically, which not only unnecessarily lengthens the book, but makes it more difficult to pick out the film's stars.)

More importantly for me were the occasional errors in historical fact. For example:

- The Interesting Facts listed under "The Devil's Brigade" (1968) state that the brigade ". . . went on special missions to destroy hydroelectric stations in Norway and northern Italy and oil fields in Romania," when in fact, the 1st Special Service Force never fought in Norway or Romania, let alone destroy hydroelectric stations and oil fields.

- In the 3.5 pages dedicated to "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), the author notes as a Mistake "In the scene with Gen. George C. Marshall the general is wearing the general staff lapel insignia. Generals wear no branch lapel insignia at all. Their staff officers wear general staff insignia." That would be true under current Army uniform regulations, but every photograph of Gen. Marshall taken during WW2 shows that he did in fact wear general staff insignia as was the regulation and custom of that period.

- The description of "Pearl Harbor" (2001) -- a movie in which the author was professionally in production -- is a mere single sentence: "Two best friends, U.S Army aviators, love the same woman as they fight World War II." It is followed by 13 Interesting Facts -- all referring to movie production trivia -- but no Mistakes, despite the fact that film historian Larry Suid, PhD found and published over 30 historical errors.

- In the entry for "Flying Tigers" (1942), the author mistakenly writes under Interesting Facts that the American Volunteer Group (AVG) "disbanded in April 1942 (the time of the Doolittle Raid.)" Actually, the AVG was disbanded on July 4, 1942. But more importantly, the movie has a glaring error: the portrayal of the AVG going into aerial combat with the Japanese before Pearl Harbor, when in fact they were still forming on December 7, and did not see their first combat until December 20, 1941 -- the author apparently didn't catch this.

These are but a few of the errors that I have found. There are also a number of signficant films that are missing from the book, inclulding A Guy Named Joe; Tigerland; The Clock; See Here, Private Hargrove (and its sequel What Next, Corporal Hargrove?); Saboteur; The Courage of Lassie; The Canterville Ghost; Miracle at Morgan's Creek; Last Train to Madrid; and Hail the Conquering Hero. These omissions are noteworthy considering the many forgettable B-movies and obscure minor films that are listed in the book.

This book is obviously a subject that author feels passionate about (as do I), and I retain my copy as one of my war film references. It is informative and even entertaining, but it is not authoritative as the subtitle claims due to the uneven treatment of the films and many factual errors.
Hirah
If your like me and love war movies/history this book is a fantastic find! Its big, beautiful, well written with tons of 'tidbits' of info about hundreds & hundreds of films I've seen and own and others I will seek out as a result of this book . It has some surprising omissions (no Gettysburg?) but that picky note aside if you love Guns of Navarone, The Longest Day etal you will love this book. Plus, look at the bio of the Author who has a resume of achievement that will blow your mind.
Topmen
A fine addition to my library, I wish it would have covered all War Movies, but the ones it does the author did a really good job on.
Akisame
Product as described and shipped fast.
Xmatarryto
Since I am a fan of military films and war movies, I grabbed this book right away. I was pleased to see that the author included many details of each film in addition to production notes and trivia on many of them as well. As a film collector, this book will be a great resource for researching military films and their history. It will be appreciated by anyone who has served in the military as well as film students or film enthusiasts.
Priotian
Truthfully I was quite surprised by the somewhat wonkish aspect of this publication: More text is devoted to location/cast members than a film synopsis. Entries are comprehensive in terms of film titles but very wildly with respect to data -- some possessing bare minimum while others (such as Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom[!]) go on and on. And while I don't mind the identification of a film flub or two, there are films with upwards of forty flubs identified. Seriously, this is major wonk material -- of interest by and large to wonks only. I would only recommend this publication -- which I had high hopes for -- to those seeking specific types of information. N-e-x-t.
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