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Hymns for the Fallen: Combat Movie Music and Sound after Vietnam

Todd Decker


Hymns for the Fallen listens closely to forty years of Hollywood combat films produced after Vietnam. Ever a noisy genre, post-Vietnam war films have deployed music and sound to place the audience in the midst of battle and to stimulate reflection on the experience of combat. Considering landmark movies—such as Apocalypse Now, Saving Private Ryan, The Thin Red Line, Black Hawk Down, The Hurt Locker, and American Sniper—as well as lesser known films, Todd Decker shows how the domain of sound, an experientially rich, culturally resonant aspect of the cinema, not only invokes the realities of war ... More

Keywords: Hollywood, combat films, war films, post-Vietnam War, film sound, dialogue, sound effects, film music, soundtrack, patriotism, soldiers, veterans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520282322
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520282322.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd Decker, author
Washington University

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