The Films of War

Nov 14, 2014

War on the Silver Screen: Shaping America’s Perception of History

  Which leaves a more lasting impression on Americans – images of war or images from war movies? A new book tries to answer that question.

Lake Effect's film contributor Dave Luhrssen, has seen more movies than he can probably count - from every genre you can imagine. But Luhrssen, who is arts and entertainment editor at the Shepherd Express newspaper, turns to the history of one distinct variety of film for his new book.

War on the Silver Screen: Shaping America’s Perception of History was co-written with UW-Milwaukee history professor Glen Jeansonne. It looks at a century’s worth of war films, from World War I through the War on Terror, and contends that the movies have often had a more lasting effect on the American psyche than the wars themselves.

Luhrssen tells Lake Effect’s Dan Harmon how he decided what qualified as a “war” movie.