Re: Beach Red (1967) & The Thin Red Line (1964)
- --- In email@example.com, "Carsten Kurpanek" <Q-
> Hello Ian,genre
> thank you very much for this information. My paper is actually a
> criticism on The Thin Red Line. I have read many reviews in whichpeople
> said TTRL is no war film. Well, what I am basically doing is tofind out
> which of war film's standard situation and scenes can be found inTTRL
> and more important what makes it different. It would have been niceto
> have seen the earlier version of TTRL to compare it and find outwhether
> it is a more "pure" war movie than Malick's film.will
> However, my paper is written in German and I don't have the time to
> translate it. I can post it here anyway if anyone's interested. I
> finish it in late September, though.Hi Carsten,
> X Carsten.
If you're looking at genre and the war film, two books come to mind
which are useful as templates for a genre discussion:
Jeanine Basinger's The WWII Combat film: Anatomy of a Genre(1986)
Lawwrence H. Suid's Guts and Glory (2002)
I'm currently teaching Sands of Iwo Jima which, by the way has an
interesting exchange between two soldiers towards the end. Farmer, a
young soldier asks Thomas, the older 'rebellious' type why they're
fighting for the island.
Thomas: That's war, son.
Farmer: What's war?
Thomas: Trading real estate for human life.
This sounds very similar to some of Gen. Quintard's thoughts in TTRL
as well as Welsh's refrain about "property".
Iwo Jima is, of course, a massively propagandistic film besides, but
that small scene stands out against John Wayne's "lemon-coloured" bad