- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Scarecrow Press (April 26, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0810854120
- ISBN-13: 978-0810854123
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Stars and Stripes on Screen: A Comprehensive Guide to Portrayals of American Military on Film
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In nearly 1,300 entries, this guide -covers films that portray American servicemen and women from 1898 to the present, from 1911's The Military Air Scout to Stealth, released in 2005. The work is arranged in three chapters covering feature films, television movies, and documentaries. An additional chapter lists a few films, such as The Sound of Music, that don't portray the American military but received some military assistance. The authors also provide an appendix on notable television series that depict the American military. There are 10 appendixes in all, among them a list of Academy Award-winning films, the 25 greatest American military films (which is admittedly very subjective), and, most significantly, films arranged by type of military service. An extensive bibliography concludes the work.
Entries range from a few lines to more than a page and generally note, in heavily abbreviated form, the conflict and the branch of the military depicted, the type of cooperation received by the Department of Defense, the cast and crew, and two review citations--all information that is quite valuable presented together and unavailable elsewhere. Each entry also includes a narrative, usually brief. These can be a little uneven. Some entries, such as that for Lone Star, provide only information regarding to what extent the filmmakers received help from the military, while others, like that for The Sum of All Fears, include details of the film's plot. For some movies, among them Saving Private Ryan and Tears of the Sun,the authors also provide critical analysis.
Stars and Stripes complements Suid's previous work Guts and Glory: The Making of the American Military Image in Film (Univ. of Kentucky, 2002). Together, these two works provide a comprehensive, critical look at the American military as portrayed on the silver screen. For anyone interested in either military or film history, this work is a gem. Recommended for large public and academic libraries. Susanna Eng
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For anyone interested in either military or film history, this work is a gem. Recommended for large public and academic libraries. (Booklist, 11/1/2005)
Military historian Suid, and Haverstick, who has edited his books for the past 15 years, cite all the US military films they could find information about. In addition to the usual credits and brief description, they provide review dates to show when the film appeared, have tried to learn whether a film sought and obtained assistance from one or another of the armed services, and discuss the military accuracy of the film. Included are feature films, television films, documentaries, and films with unseen military assistance. There is no index. (Reference and Research Book News)
The beauty of this book is that it helps us grasp the politics intrinsic to the making of ever so many films that offend or comply sometimes partially, with the Pentagon's understanding of its interests....This book is so good that serious film scholars or military history buffs will want to keep it at hand for frequent reference. And given the popularity of war films and their influence on public perceptions of history and foreign policy, this book should also be acquired by every university and public library. (Journal of American Culture)
This reasonably priced item is suitable for all reference collections, especially those that lack similar materials. Recommended. Undergraduates, two-year program students, graduate students, and general readers. (CHOICE)
This book provides a fascinating look at military films....This will be useful in most film collections. (American Reference Books Annual)
Clearly, Dr. Suid's motion picture research, especially the war genre, has set the record straight many times....Without a doubt, this commentary―a real gem―sparkles with academic clarity and dry humor....Overall, Stars and Stripes on Screen contains a wealth of information that will please any researcher, film historian, or movie-lover with its exhaustive listings, careful cataloging, and incisive commentary. (Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal)
Stars and Stripes on Screen is a fascinating and easy read which will appeal to a general 'browsing' reader as well as to researchers and military historians. For film schools or any educational institution running a media course dealing with film genres at any depth, this is a worthwhile purchase. (Reference Reviews)
Stars and Stripes presents an authoritative filmography for historians as well as for casual viewers. (The Journal Of Military History)