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How USA Has Represented and Interpreted the Pacific War on its Movies

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Presentación de la ponencia presentada en la 12th SAAS Conference. Madrid, 25 de marzo de 2015.

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How USA Has Represented and Interpreted the Pacific War on its Movies

  1. 1. How USA Has Represented and Interpreted the Pacific War on its Movies Comparison between history and interests of Hollywood and Washington Sergio Mena Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  2. 2. How USA Has Represented and Interpreted the Pacific War on its Movies Comparison between history and interests of Hollywood and Washington WHAT TITLE La guerra del Pacífico en el cine estadounidense. Representación e interpretación de un acontecimiento histórico (1941-1991) Sergio Mena Universidad Autónoma de Madrid The Pacific War on American Cinema. Representation and Interpretation of a Historical Event (1941-1991)
  3. 3. WHAT THESIS STATEMENT “Social , political and economic circumstances given at the time of production of these films have determined the treatment approach of its scripts , characters, actions and plots” How USA Has Represented and Interpreted the Pacific War on its Movies Comparison between history and interests of Hollywood and Washington Sergio Mena Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  4. 4. WHAT OBJETIVES How USA Has Represented and Interpreted the Pacific War on its Movies Comparison between history and interests of Hollywood and Washington Sergio Mena Universidad Autónoma de Madrid The Battle of Midway John Ford 1942 Midway Jack Smight 1976
  5. 5. HOW How USA Has Represented and Interpreted the Pacific War on its Movies Comparison between history and interests of Hollywood and Washington Sergio Mena Universidad Autónoma de Madrid - Historiographic sources - Interviews to experts - Quantitative Analysis of films - 180 films - Qualitative Analysis of films - 40 selected films (Ticket, Awards, Critics…) - They depict battles and events (13) of the war - At least there are two films depicting each event - Relation between content and context of time of production
  6. 6. HOW How USA Has Represented and Interpreted the Pacific War on its Movies Comparison between history and interests of Hollywood and Washington Sergio Mena Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 194 1 194 3 194 5 194 7 194 9 195 1 195 3 195 5 195 7 195 9 196 1 196 3 196 5 196 7 196 9 197 1 197 3 197 5 197 7 197 9 198 1 198 3 198 5 198 7 198 9 199 1 ROOSEVELT TRUMAN EISENHOWER - KENNEDY NIXON – FORD – CARTER - REAGAN BUS H 15 26 36 0 3 5 4 3 4 4 2 3 5 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 Berlin Crisis Korea War Berlin Wall Cuban Missile Crisis Vietnam War Star Wars Fall
  7. 7. WHO IS DOING THIS WORK How USA Has Represented and Interpreted the Pacific War on its Movies Comparison between history and interests of Hollywood and Washington Sergio Mena Universidad Autónoma de Madrid - Journalist - Ph. D. In Journalism - Currently working as a Non Tenured Professor - Degree in Audiovisual Communication - Mixture Tutored by Carmen de la Guardia
  8. 8. WHO ARE THE MAIN SOURCES How USA Has Represented and Interpreted the Pacific War on its Movies Comparison between history and interests of Hollywood and Washington Sergio Mena Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  9. 9. WHO WERE BEHIND THE CAMERAS How USA Has Represented and Interpreted the Pacific War on its Movies Comparison between history and interests of Hollywood and Washington Sergio Mena Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  10. 10. WHY How USA Has Represented and Interpreted the Pacific War on its Movies Comparison between history and interests of Hollywood and Washington Sergio Mena Universidad Autónoma de Madrid - No previous essays made in Spain - To prove hidden relation between Hollywood and Washington - Hollywood films were and are the main sources of Western sterotypes around the World
  11. 11. WHEN How USA Has Represented and Interpreted the Pacific War on its Movies Comparison between history and interests of Hollywood and Washington Sergio Mena Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 11FEBRUARY 2013 30SEPTEMBER 2017
  12. 12. PARTIAL RESULTS How USA Has Represented and Interpreted the Pacific War on its Movies Comparison between history and interests of Hollywood and Washington Sergio Mena Universidad Autónoma de Madrid - The number of films has been decreasing by the time - Films made at the time of the war were influenced by the OWI - Vietnam War was a milestone between pro-war films and pacifist ones
  13. 13. How USA Has Represented and Interpreted the Pacific War on its Movies Comparison between history and interests of Hollywood and Washington Sergio Mena Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and

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