This course will explore the relationship of WWIIs Pacific Theater to moving image media in two movements. First, a comparative history of Hollywood and Japanese filmmaking during the war explores issues of race, nationality, propaganda, and violence. The second half of the course continues to analyze these problems by turning to post-1945 (and post-9/11) attempts to remember, critique and commemorate (or forget) WWII in media as disparate as television, video art, and the internet.
Dialogue of Violence will screen propaganda by Frank Capra, Kurosawa Akira, John Ford, Bruce Conner, Imamura Shohei and others to ask questions like:
- Do nations have their own, distinct languages of violence?
- What makes a hero?
- What's Fordian about John Ford's Sex Hygiene?
- How many women does it take to build one B-29 a minute?
- Are stereotypes actually a mundane part of everyday life?
- What does a mushroom cloud mean?
- Is memory a form of history?
- What happens when racism and global warfare meet?