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Sunday, May 28, 2006


This is coolbert:

 War movies.

It used to be that a period of years would pass from the end of a war until serious movies were made about a conflict, whichever conflict it was. While not totally true, this is the general sense of how things were in the past.

It seems that the public had to be given time to digest things before depictions made it to the big screen.

During Vietnam, the only movie made MADE WHILE THE WAR WAS BEING WAGED WAS "The Green Berets". A John Wayne type theatric, starring John Wayne. It was not until the late 1970's and early 1980's that some serious and good films were made about Vietnam. And even at that late date, somewhat reluctantly too!

The trend is now to make a movie about a particular war, WHILE THE ACTUAL WAR IS BEING FOUGHT.

The movies I have in mind are documentaries about the current conflict in Iraq.

Movies such as:

* Gunner Palace.

* Baghdad ER.

Film crews, usually very small in number, now have technology to film on location and while the military action IS ACTUALLY OCCURRING!

This is not stuff of fiction or recreated with attention to detail. It is THE REAL THING!! Being filmed as it happens.

Documentary style seems to be the trend here. And is appreciated by the public. Realism and candor that often was lacking in melodramatic and fictional or even in factual "recreations" of past combats.



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