FTVM 441 - National Screens
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Pacific War Cinema: Dialogue of Violence
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Film, Television, and Media Std (FTVM)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
FTVM 150 or FTVM (SAC) 236.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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“We can’t beat this kind of thing. We make a film like that maybe once in a decade. We haven’t got the actors.”

— Frank Capra, upon watching a captured print of the Japanese war film Chocolate and the Soldier

“Watching Fantasia made me suspect that we were going to lose the war. These guys looked like trouble, I thought.”

— Ozu Yasujirô, after seeing a captured print in Singapore

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 attempts to remember, critique and commemorate (or forget) WWII in media as disparate as television, video art, and the Internet.

We 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?
  • Why did nations expend vast, precious resources on movies?
  • What's Fordian about John Ford's Sex Hygiene?
  • How many women does it take to build a B-29?
  • 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?
  • What happened?

Intended Audience:

All students

Class Format:

There is an accompanying film screening section 003.


FTVM 441 - National Screens
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 5:30PM - 7:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22
002 (LAB)
 In Person
Tu 7:00PM - 10:00PM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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