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Communication Studies
COMN 2314
Richard Lippe

Air Force – won academy award for great editing – harmony within the plane but chaos and bombs and fighting outside – that is one of howard hawks' thematics – males working professionally as a group and what that entails. What it takes to be a part of a group – he uses a lot of close shots – they're working in a small space so it makes it realistic. Uses close shots in groups of 3 or so, which contributes to intimacy of us connecting to these people. There are sections of dialogue of them bonding with each other – its not just about the mechanics of flying – they're people enjoying each other's company, connecting through what they do. Has the second dimension. – It's a propaganda film, celebrating american air force and its contribution to the war effort. Came out one year after pearl harbour to commemorate it. Because of production issues, air force worked with them quite a bit – people stateside were slacking off a bit – were not contributing to keeping theh war effort going, so film served that purpose – internationally, it presented america as capable of winning the war. Had various functions for the public to respond to. – Very good war film – not much character development or concern for humanity – introduction of dog brings humor to the film, which is all about humanizing things – because they care for an animal as much as they care about what they're doing and other people – its very typical of hawks' work – comparing john ford and howard hawks, john ford is very much about honouring the dead, about tradition and honour, howard hawks is about life going on, and that's life. He isn't rejecting sentiment but he isnt using the notion of stopping to acknowledge mourning within the situaiton. He isn't of that sensibility. – The ending is kindn of a fantasy, but it works with notion of moving on and doing a good job in Japan – film isn't sentimental about the home front – most emotional scene is john garfield's response to young man getting shot – strongest emotional statement – fairly complicated – individualizing a death. The question of his response – he kills someone in turn for someone dying. This is what war does. Brutalization of the spirit through war. Death bed scene is very stylized. Instead of talking about his wife and child, he talks about plaen flying again. They all ha
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