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A Time for PeaceThe Legacy of the Vietnam War$
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Robert D. Schulzinger

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195365924

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195365924.001.0001

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Vietnam Memories Through Film

Vietnam Memories Through Film

(p.153) Chapter 8 Vietnam Memories Through Film
A Time for Peace

Robert D. Schulzinger

Oxford University Press

The Vietnam War became the setting for more than 400 movies, documentaries, and TV series from the 1960s to the first years of the twenty-first century. Many of these Vietnam-era films explored class, race, and gender issues and reflected deep divisions at home over the war. Some reflected pro-war sentiments and vilified anti-war protesters. Others took exactly the opposite approach, criticizing official policies and government officials. They portrayed soldiers as victims of an inhumane war machine. Nevertheless, a common thread—withering contempt for civilian government officials—ran through Vietnam films whether they supported or opposed U.S. policies in Vietnam. Some of the most notable films were The Quiet American, The Green Berets, The Boys in Company C, Go Tell the Spartans, The Deer Hunter, Coming Home, Apocalypse Now, First Blood, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, Born on the Fourth of July, and Forrest Gump.

Keywords:   Vietnam War, films, The Deer Hunter, Coming Home, Apocalypse Now, First Blood, Platoon, Full Metal Jacket, Born on the Fourth of July, Forrest Gump

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