Date of Award

2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Strategic Communication

Department

Communication and the Arts

Advisor

Dennis Mahon

Keywords

Media, Movies, World War II, American films, Realism

Abstract

The purpose of this thesis is to determine if there has been any change in the incorporation of realism in World War II films since the end of the war. A content analysis was preformed on eight films that cover a range of years, to monitor the change in certain key aspects of realism. The films spanned 1955 to 2007. The key factors revolved around the plot, characters and depiction of combat. This thesis then offers an analysis of the changes and what effect those changes have had on World War II combat films.

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