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As the surviving flag-raisers reluctantly play their public roles as "the heroes of Iwo Jima" during an exhausting (but clearly necessary) wartime bond rally tour, Flags of Our Fathers evolves into a pointed study of battlefield valor and misplaced idolatry, incorporating subtle comment on the bogus nature of celebrity, the trauma of battle, and the true meaning of heroism in wartime. Wisely avoiding any direct parallels to contemporary history, Eastwood allows us to draw our own conclusions about the Iwo Jima flag-raisers and how their postwar histories (both noble and tragic) simultaneously illustrate the hazards of exploited celebrity and society's genuine need for admirable role models during times of national crisis. Flags of Our Fathers defies the expectations of those seeking a more straightforward war-action drama, but it's richly satisfying, impeccably crafted film that manages to be genuinely patriotic (in celebrating the camaraderie of soldiers in battle) while dramatizing the ultimate futility of war. Eastwood's follow-up film, Letters from Iwo Jima, examines the Iwo Jima conflict from the Japanese perspective. --Jeff Shannon
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When I was dratfed into the U. S. Army in 1959 I was teaching high school history and English in a Chicago public high school and going to law school at night. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Thomas F. Strubbe
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|Letters from Iwo Jima is the far superior of the two||
I would say that "Letters from Iwo Jima" succeeds because it tells a straight forward story. "Flags of our Fathers" jumped around alot and constantly demanded that the viewer refocus their attention on a different part of the story. Iwo Jima focused specifically on the... Read More
Mar 6, 2007 by Craig Ian Hutson | See all 2 posts
I just received this today. There are zero special features; also the Amazon description which lists "2 discs" is wrong -- there is only one disc with the feature film plus trailers for Letters from Iwo Jima and Babel.
Feb 19, 2007 by Russell Webb | See all 3 posts
|Letters of Iwo Jima or Flags of Our Fathers?||
"Letters" - for some reason I became more emotionally involved with the characters and story with "Letters" than wth "Flags". It would be nice if they released an HD-DVD multi-disc retrospective special edition of Letters instead of just "Flags"
Dec 11, 2007 by Techiedude | See all 4 posts
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