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Robert Burgoyne

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816642915

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816642915.001.0001

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Haunting in the War Film: Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima

Haunting in the War Film: Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima

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(p.164) 8 Haunting in the War Film: Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima
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Film Nation
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Robert Burgoyne

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816642915.003.0009

This chapter argues that the motif of the haunting of the present by the past is essential to the powerful effect that both Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima convey. The films draw on the powerful symbolism of the voice that “sees” and the voice that causes you to “feel.” They both have an intense, spectral quality, relieving the unsettling and uncanny characteristics of war film. The war film frequently departs from the conventions of realism to convey the terrifying effects of a historical past that exceeds the representational range of realist forms, despite its long-standing reputation for realism and authenticity.

Keywords:   haunting, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, war film, historical past, realism, authenticity

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