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Cinema's Military Industrial Complex

Haidee Wasson and Lee Grieveson


Cinema’s Military Industrial Complex examines how the American military has used cinema and related visual, sonic, and mobile technologies to further its varied aims. The essays in this book address the way cinema was put to work for purposes of training, orientation, record keeping, internal and external communication, propaganda, research and development, tactical analysis, surveillance, physical and mental health, recreation, and morale. The contributors examine the technologies and types of films that were produced and used in collaboration among the military, film industry, and technology ... More

Keywords: useful cinema, media history, film history, military history, American history, American military, propaganda, documentary, military industrial complex, World War I, World War II, Cold War, imperialism/globalization, technology, War on Terror

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520291508
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520291508.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Haidee Wasson, editor
Concordia University

Lee Grieveson, editor
University College London

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1 The Military’s Cinema Complex

Lee Grieveson and Haidee Wasson

Part One The Military’s Cinema Apparatus

5 An Army of Theaters

Ross Melnick

Part Two Strategies of Viewing

6 War in Peace

Tom Rice

Part Three Military-Made Movies

Part Four The Military and Its Collaborators

16 Star Testimonies

Sue Collins

18 “A Campaign of Truth”

Katerina Loukopoulou