The Hollywood War Machine

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Movies do not only entertain, they influence. They influence people’s views starting from everyday matters to their general outlook on serious issues such as politics or war. Movies both reflect and have an impact on societies. Hollywood has been one of the key players in giving ideas to the viewers of their films about certain topics and the United States is one of the main audiences. Films not only represent a way of art; they are major mass communication devices that can be viewed in the comfort of home. Much of modern culture is defined and transmitted by movies.
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The United States’ military has been involved in several conflicts on international and on US soil over the last decades therefore, portraying the army
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The title and expression, “the Hollywood War Machine” refers to the glorification of wartime and heroism of American soldiers while embellishing the military experience itself, from the Revolutionary period to the present (Pollard 121). As part of reserving the American patriotic legacy, the motion picture industry has always been fascinated with historical combat situations. “A survey of the Hollywood tradition reveals that a surprisingly large proportion of Hollywood dramatize US wartime experiences, heroics, and engagements” (Pollard 122). In several cases, it is even over-dramatizing or just portraying a historically inaccurate or simply unrealistic picture. Hollywood movies do not only entertain they influence people all over the world. In the United States, people culture has a great impact on people, especially on those who rely on social media and films to get information on historical events such as…show more content…
Popular culture likes to treat ex-soldiers, marines as PTSD-afflicted (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), damaged people who have a difficult time adjusting to the norms of society when they return. A range of veterans advocates are pushing to diversify that picture (Merry). The GI Film Festival (GIFF) is eager to show films that are rather accurate and realistic in portraying soldiers and combat. The organization introduces itself as “a non-profit educational organization dedicated to sharing the military experience in and out of the arena of war. The festival is the first in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through the medium of film” on their website ( The military community argues that the cinema offerings that attempt to portray soldiers and veterans in a sympathetic way such as the American Sniper (2015) end up “breeding harmful stereotypes” even at a time when only 0.5 percent of the population is on active duty (Merry). In an interview, Dale Dye, a retired Marine captain who did multiple tours in Vietnam but became a technical adviser and made a career of it in Hollywood

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