Grant Request

Vietnam War and Hollywood Cinema

This is a Master degree level dissertation.
Key: this dissertation would like to talk more about how the conflict began more broadly to influence representation and form of the Hollywood Cinema because of
Vietnam War. (please include specific films analysis as well) (please see if Part 2 relates to the topic or if there are better ideas)

Part 1: influences of Vietnam War in Hollywood cinema (main part: about 2/3 of the dissertation)
1. war films had lost their appeal by mid-60s [ government control (reference might find in Steve Neale, Genre and Hollywood & Why We Fought: America’s Wars in Film
and History by Peter C. Rollins and John E. O’Connor ) etc.] & the end of Hollywood Golden Age — action-adventure films and the change of war films because of Vietnam
War (e.g. Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now (1979)) (the development of action-adventure genre films could be a key content of this paragraph)
2. (Main Part) the violent content of Hollywood films has been increased during the Vietnam war (Bonnie and Clyde (1967), and it is known for its violent ending in
particular. Likewise with some of the westerns from the same period), also the violent content of The Godfather II by Francis Ford Coppola (and Apocalypse Now (1979)
etc.) (please also have more content of the influences except violent content)

Part 2:
the transformation of the representation of Vietnam in Hollywood cinema from a largely supportive prof-conflict position to a largely negative one
– e.g. The US government joins the war for varied reasons, largely as part of a broad Cold War strategy. It claims it is to defend the South of the country. Later
soldiers realize it is not to save people but kill people. ( e.g. First Blood, Taxi Driver; The Deer Hunter these films show the change of different attitude of
veterans during different time)

(“The Vietnam War is not over for the United States. It is still being fought in our popular culture, and the struggle provides rich opportunities for researchers and
teachers of contemporary literature, mass media, and culture” (pp.367 Why We Fought: America’s Wars in Film and History))

useful references:
1. Genre and Hollywood by Steve Neale
2. Why We Fought: America’s Wars in Film and History by Peter C. Rollins and John E. O’Connor
3.Hollywood from Vietnam to Reagan by Robin Wood
4. War Cinema: Hollywood on the Front Line by Guy Westwell
5.The Hollywood Historical Film by Robert Burgoyne
6.The American Civil War and the Hollywood War Film by John Trafton
7.The Last Great American Picture Show: New Hollywood Cinema in the 1970s by Alexander Horwath, Thomas Elsaesser, Noel King
8.The American Film Industry & Vietnam: https://www.historytoday.com/michael-paris/american-film-industry-vietnam

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