With Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Letters from
Iwo Jima (2006), Clint Eastwood made a unique contribution to
film history, being the first director to make two films about the
same event. Eastwood's films examine the battle over Iwo Jima from
two nations' perspectives, in two languages, and embody a
passionate view on conflict, enemies, and heroes. Together these
works tell the story behind one of history's most famous
photographs, Leo Rosenthal's "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima." In
this volume, international scholars in political science and film,
literary, and cultural studies undertake multifaceted
investigations into how Eastwood's diptych reflects war today.
Fifteen essays explore the intersection among war films, American
history, and Japanese patriotism. They present global attitudes
toward war memories, icons, and heroism while offering new
perspectives on cinema, photography, journalism, ethics,
propaganda, war strategy, leadership, and the war on terror.
Subjects: Film Studies
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