James Bowman, EPPC Resident Scholar and movie critic for The American Spectator, presents six movies reflecting how the culture has influenced and been influenced by World War II and by the lesser wars fought since then. From a focus on patriotism, duty and community, all of which require people to submerge their individuality “for the duration” and for the greater good, we can see how movies will change their emphasis to focus on the psychology of individual soldiers and the trauma they must endure. The result, even in movies that are not overtly anti-war is a questioning not only of the patriotic imperative but of the military culture itself—something which has come to seem both esoteric and unnecessary.
The series will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between June 19th and July 24th at Hudson Institute, 1015 15th Street N.W., Sixth Floor, Washington, D.C., 20005 (McPherson Square Metro). All movies begin with a brief introduction at 5:30 PM and will be followed by a discussion.
Wednesday, June 19: In Which We Serve (1942), directed by Noel Coward and David Lean, written by Noel Coward, with Noel Coward, Celia Johnson, John Mills, Bernard Miles, and Richard Attenborough.
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Wednesday, June 26: They Were Expendable (1945), directed by John Ford, written by William L. White, Frank Wead and Jan Lustig, with Robert Montgomery, John Wayne, Donna Reed, Jack Holt, Ward Bond, Marshall Thompson, and Cameron Mitchell.
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Tuesday, July 2: The Train (1964), directed by John Frankenheimer, written by Franklin Coen, Howard Dimsdale et al., with Burt Lancaster, Paul Schofield, Jeanne Moreau, Suzanne Flon, Michel Simon, Wolfgang Preiss, and Albert Remy.
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Tuesday, July 9: Full Metal Jacket (1987), directed by Stanley Kubrick, written by Stanley Kubrick, Gustav Hasford and Michael Herr, with Matthew Modine, William Baldwin, Vincent D’Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey, and Arliss Howard.
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Tuesday, July 16: Black Hawk Down (2001), directed by Ridley Scott, written by Mark Bowden and Ken Nolan, with Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana, William Fichtner, Ioan Gruffudd, and Sam Shepard.
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Wednesday, July 24: The Hurt Locker (2008), directed by Kathryn Bigelow, written by Mark Boal, with Jeremy Renner, Guy Pearce, Ralph Fiennes, Anthony Mackie, David Morse, and Evangeline Lilly.
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Pizza, popcorn, candy, and soft drinks will be available.