The mass media have enormous influence of the perceptions in the United States of America. It effects our decisions in one day or another through commercials advertising their products, our thoughts on what is considered “beautiful” and shift the interest of social issues from one point to another. Films are no different in this case when it comes to adapting historical events—the message, themes, and overall tone and structure of the film can contribute Americans into thinking one way about certain events in American history—regardless of whether or not the accuracy of those events is consistent. Although there are positive outcomes of films dealing with topics because it brings forth conversation, negative outcomes drives from the inaccuracies
War changes people, as exemplified by the characters in the movie Glory. The trials and tribulations of fighting the enemy can change even the hardest of hearts, bringing love and change the mindset/ perspective of a person. Col Shaw the leader of the 54th Massachusetts is a key leader in which changed tremendously throughout the war. He showed the true characteristics of a leader and a hero doing so by believing in equality and his men's determination to fight for their
In a time of drastic change in America, adding such a controversial war to the mix of social issues seemed to many like an inappropriate decision. The Vietnam War, which lasted twenty years, from 1955 and 1975, was the battle for liberation of South Vietnam from North Vietnam. The communist North Vietnam, led by Ho Chi Minh, was backed by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and communist China in an attempt to overtake the South Vietnamese who were led by the Catholic minority, Ngo Dinh Diem. Before 1960, his corrupt and brutal ways were beginning to wear on his people. By 1963, the United States has decided that Diem must go and authorizes and assassination (Osman, 2 October). The controversiality only starts with John F. Kennedy’s decision
Everyone knows what the Alamo is and most know the story of it, how the Texans, led by William Travis, James Bowie, and Davie Crocket, had to try and fend off the Mexican soldiers led by Santa Anna. Being outnumbered all the Texans rebels had to fight for was for the pride of Texas and that is what they did and from that some famous myths about certain things were created during the fight like Travis’s line in the sand or Davie Crockets willingness to fight to the death. Randy Roberts and James S. Olson are able to relate the well-known story of the Alamo to the readers and really get into both the Mexican and American perspectives. In “A Line in the Sand the Alamo in Blood and Memory”, Roberts and Olson are able to separate what really happened
“I had orders to report to Brigadier General Lindsey, and he said to me, Well , York, I hear you have captured the whole damned German army. And I told him I only had 132.” ~ Alvin C. York.
If countries were to unite with the understanding of the stance of freedom, they could take down the walls that build up communism. As is becoming obvious, the American goal was to assist and help countries in the need of freedom from the barriers and people that were held over them. President Truman emphasizes the importance of freedom during this time. It also stands for our everlasting promise the nation symbolized. In order to keep our promise the nation has to defend South Vietnam from the communist hands. As president Johnson gradually said, “since 1954 every American President offered support to the people South Viet-Nam. We have helped to build, and we have helped to defend. Thus, over many years, we have made a national pledge to help South Viet-Nam defend its independence. And I intend to keep it ( Doc 3 A).” According to the statistics in was America’s stance to fight in the Vietnam War because of the promise to help South Vietnam defend its independence. We as Americans wanted capitalism to spread throughout the world, and were ready to retaliate any country that stood in the
In regards to the way American soldiers treated Vietnamese citizens King says, “They watch as we poison their water… They wander into the towns, and see thousands of the children, homeless without clothes… They see the children degraded by our soldiers… They see the children selling their sisters to our soldiers.” Through his usage of incredibly horrific imagery, King utilizes the method of pathos to his ultimate advantage. Through his words, King paints a vivid picture of the horrors American soldiers were committing in Vietnam. This use of emotional appeal causes American citizens to feel compassion towards Vietnamese victims. Therefore, listeners would feel compelled to pull American troops from Vietnam in order to put a stop to the atrocities being committed there. His words remain emotional, while still providing facts as to why he believes the war is causing more harm than is necessary. Those who favor Johnson’s support of the war would argue that Johnson does not need to rely on the persuasive methods of pathos in order to convince people that the Vietnam War is essential to the survival of America. Instead, Johnson utilizes logos, and carries his arguments through facts. In regards to the American agenda of political change in Vietnam Johnson says, “Certainly there is a positive movement towards a constitutional government. Thus far
Numerous screenwriters and directors have often dealt in their films with the theme of borders, whether literal and officially recognised, like military ranks or state frontiers, or abstract and metaphorical, like those of morality, justice, race, and gender, along with several others. As a consequence, as John Gibbs points out, one could assemble these movies, especially those taking place on the confines between Mexico and United States, under the label of ‘border films’ (2002: 27); thus contextualising them in a very specific tradition, which includes pictures such as Touch of Evil (Orson Welles 1958) or The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Tommy Lee Jones 2005).
The fighter jolted as a torpedo was launched, a series of loud explosions were then heard, signaling the destruction of the deadly station, the Death Star. This scene from Star Wars: A New Hope can be interpreted differently when crossing through different versions. Three of these mediums, Doescher’s play, a radio drama, and the screenplay of this movie will be compared and contrasted, revealing the uniqueness of each interpretation. By the end of this essay, the similarities and differences between the radio drama, play, and screenplay will be revealed, ultimately proving that the play is the best medium.
“Entertainment is always a national asset. Invaluable in time of peace it is indispensable during wartime… All those who are working for the entertainment industry… are building and maintaining national morale both on the battlefront and on the homefront.” -President Franklin D. Roosevelt- June 12,1943 (“Glenn Miller in WWII”). Alton Glenn Miller, an Air Force veteran, served our country during World War II by doing what he loved, and what he was good at, music.
Men of Honor. Dir. Tillman, George Jr.. Perf. Robert DeNiro, Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Charlize Theron.Twentieth Century Fox, 2000. Film.
In the film American Sniper directed by Clint Eastwood and the novel Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, both works exhibit depiction of war through the protagonist. However, each work is portrayed differently as they each show a representation with opposite depiction of war. While one decides to promote war, the other diminish it. In Eastwood’s adaptation of American Sniper, his insight appears as a promotion for pro-war propaganda, in contrast, Slaughterhouse Five depicts ideas that portray the war in a poor light.
Based on a true story, Seabiscuit is empowered by the people that create the monumental horse, and the movie represents the
In this essay I will be analyzing the overall attitude and movie of two movies. Both movies deal with the issue of the American revolutionary war. First one, “1776” a broadway musical transfer to the big screen, directed by Peter H. Hunt and realeased on 1972. Second one, “The Patriot”, more “popcorn” type movie, directed by Roland Emmerich, and realeased on 2000.
On The Beach (1959)- On The Beach, staring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, and Anthony Perkins, is one of director Stanley Kramer 's better (7/10 stars) works of of film. This motion picture is an alarming view of what a post-apocalyptic world would look like. The whole film is from the perspective of those people who avoided the destruction of functioning civilization.