War…what is it good for? We all know the destruction and suffering war has wrought on humanity through the course of recorded history but this week it also provides us with our discussion topic. War films!
While Anthony is on assignment, Ted and Doug gather to discuss the power of the war film genre to tap into our psyche in so many ways. Whether it is the adrenaline rush of pulse racing battlefield action or the crushing heartbreak felt when characters we have come to follow are killed without meaning, the pseudo-reality of the context elevates the horror beyond familiar confines. Films have been crafted by screenwriters, directors, performers et al centered in the conflicts that man has fought against man which have the power to engage an audience in very personal and emotional ways.
To help narrow the scope we focus on films covering 20th century conflicts (we’ll leave the grand campaigns of history for another day). We hope the horror of war was given the respect and honesty is deserves. As stated in the show, we wish to reiterate our utter respect for the men and women who have served their countries. There are real life heroes.
Link to Hardcore History: Ghosts of the Ostfront
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