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So, are you convinced that it's all propaganda now? THEY'RE EVERYWHERE!
I don't think you need to worry about that right now, but it is illuminating to see the various techniques that were and are so readily used to manipulate our malleable little minds. Speaking of propaganda techniques, here is the single greatest use of "tugging at the heart strings" you will ever see! Remember, this is a commercial for a GERMAN SUPERMARKET!
Seriously, I can't even.
The instructions for the Propaganda Poster assignment are on the website. If you have the right attitude, this should actually be a fun assignment for you. Remember, don't worry about the "art", worry about the message. Is the message clear? Is the perspective evident? Is the technique easy to identify? These are your guiding questions. Good luck and we cannot wait to be manipulated.
WWII Movies prt. 2
Yesterday, I shared some excellent WWII movies set in the European theater. Now, we'll head west to the Pacific. Some of my favorites:
1. Empire of the Sun - this is actually one of my favorite movies ever regardless of subject matter. A young British boy is separated from his parents as they flee Hong Kong before the Japanese take over. You might recognize the young boy... it is truly a triumphant film.
2. The Bridge over the River Kwai - British soldiers in a Japanese POW camp. Made Alec Guinness (the first Obi-Wan) a star and will have a whistle tune stuck in your head for weeks.
3. The Thin Red Line - truly capturing the psychological effects of war; really stream of consciousness filmmaking.
4. Letters from Iwo Jima/Flags of our Fathers - these movies tell the story of the war in the Pacific from the point of view of the Americans AND the Japanese.
5. Midway - epic filmmaking at its finest; captures the drama of the battle that turned the tide in the Pacific.
6. The First 20 Minutes of Pearl Harbor - turn it off after the attack... please... turn it off after that.
7. Tora! Tora! Tora! - explosions are cool
8. From Here to Eternity - not exactly a war movie, but it has Frank Sinatra doing some darn fine acting, so it's worth it.
Final Selection for Historical Soundtrack Week
I think we'll go out with a big heaping helping of Cold War drama. This song actually came out when I was in high school. Sting was trying to keep us all from being blown up in a nuclear holocaust. I appreciate that about him. Here is Sting with "Russians":