Vietnam War Genre Films and Ideological Messages: Perceptions of Conflict and Moral and Political Disenchantment

Ruth-Ellen M. Grimes, California Polytechnic State University

Debate surrounds the grounding of film noir genre Vietnam war films as to the moral and political disenchantment versus enlightenment concepts. Styrker contends that both society and person are abstractions from ongoing social interaction, and selves and society have no reality apart from interpersonal interactions from which they derive. Rafter argues the depiction of crime films', for my purposes Vietnam era war films, relationship to social reality is "dialectical" in that these films draw from and shape social thought. Content analysis of signficant Vietnam era films argue the relevance of symbolic interactionism and contemporary ideological cocncerns as to the role of film in shaping positive versus negative interpretations of war environment conflict.

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