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Hollywood's World War I: Motion Picture Images Hardcover – December 23, 1997


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bowling Green State Univ Popular Pr (December 23, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879727551
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879727550
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,236,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter C. Rollins is regents professor of English and American film studies at Oklahoma State University and a filmmaker whose Television's Vietnam is distributed by Blockbuster Video. He is the current editor-in-chief of Film & History, a journal founded by John E. O'Connor.

John E. O'Connor is a professor of history at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. His pioneering work in the study of film has been recognized by the American Historical Association, which created an annual John E. O'Connor Award to honor each year's best historical film or television program.

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From dust jacket: World War I may have been the most important event of the early 20th century: it shelled the Victorian synthesis and decimated a lost generation.

At first, the motion picture industry avoided the conflict but then discovered that both ground warriors and aviators fascinated the public in an era when motion picture attendance was on the rise. In this study of feature films and documentaries, Hollywood's World War I traces America's changing views over five decades, as filmmakers have focused on a crisis that still reverberates in our civic and spiritual lives.


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Born in Brookline, MA and educated at Dartmouth (2yrs), Harvard (2yrs); after a 3-year tour as an infantry officer in the US Marines, back to Harvard for a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization.

Taught at Oklahoma State University for 37 yrs, attaining the rank of Regents Professor. Toward end of teaching career, courses focused on motion pictures and their impact on society.

Publications can be summarized as "film and history studies," most of which were published by the UP of Kentucky, although the epic was The Columbia Companion to American History in Film.

Hollywood as Historian, Hollywood's West, Hollywood's White House, etc. Full details on publications are at petercrollins.com where there are click points for full details and purchase.

Editor of Film & History for 12 years. Most indebted to John E. O'Connor, my mentor in this effort and co-editor in so many of the book projects.

Filmmaking was an option and I made documentaries about Will Rogers, the Vietnam war, World War II. (See America Reflected for details on these projects.) I was a strong advocate of "the historian as filmmaker" movement in this country, an effort which was overtaken by journalistic efforts on the History Channel and PBS.

America Reflected is my most recent effort and contains materials on Will Rogers, Benjamin Whorf, war on film, and canonical figures such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, John James Audubon, Frederick Henry Hedge, Amy Lowell, and others. America Reflected is my capstone book, an attempt to put the best of my writings on the library shelves.

My life has been a wonderful gift.

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