The First World War and Popular Cinema, edited by Michael Paris
Published by Rutgers University Press in 2000, 267 pages. Paperback (N2620)
Brand New Book
Cinema was almost twenty years old when the First World War broke out but the war introduced radical changes in the making and use of film........
This book provides a comparative analysis of how the war has been remembered in film. It looks at how national cinemas were mobilised as part of the war effort and at how, subsequently, film makers shaped the memory and legacy of the war in later years.
The book takes a comparative approach with case studies on Britain, United States and Russia and includes essays which examine the film production of other combatant nations: Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Canada, Poland. The films examined include All Quiet on the Western Front, Gallipoli, J'Accuse, The Grand Illusion, The Big Parade, West front 1918 and Regeneration as well as lesser known titles from the period 1920-1990.
For students, teachers and academics, as well as readers interested in film or the First World War, this collection of essays provides a fascinating study of the ways in which popular cinema has reconstructed the experience of the First World War.