Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

MA Strategic Communication


Communication and the Arts


Dennis Mahon


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


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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