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Film Genres

This guide highlights library resources for some of the more popular film genres.

A short discussion about anti-war films

... World War I was a crucible of war film production. During that war the main combatants—France, Germany, and Britain—produced a number of (often staged or partly staged) actualities, including The Battle of the Somme (UK, 1916), as well as a cycle of propagandist feature films (see propaganda). Peter Jackson’s They Shall Not Grow Old (UK/New Zealand, 2018), a compilation film marking the centenary of the end of World War I, reworks this material to poignant effect. In the US, D.W. Griffith’s Hearts of the World (1918) was sponsored by the British government and used actual footage from the front: its dramatic battle sequences and jingoistic sentiment would shape the genre as it developed further. Following the lead of Abel Gance’s J’accuse/I Accuse (France, 1919), All Quiet on the Western Front (Lewis Milestone, US, 1930) depicted the horrors of the trenches and reflected on the social causes of war, making it one of the very few examples of the genre (alongside La grande illusion/The Grand Illusion (Jean Renoir, France, 1937)) that can justifiably claim the title antiwar film.   ...

Kuhn, A., & Westwell, G. (2020). War film. In A Dictionary of Film Studies. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 9 May. 2023

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