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Front Lines of Community

A Postscript to Hollywood War Cinema

Kappelhoff, Hermann

Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung, Bd. 10 (2019), Iss. 2: S. 11–24

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Kappelhoff, Hermann


What kind of world emerges as a common world for the spectator in the staging of the events of war? And how can the film-analytical reconstruction of a sense of commonality open up historical consciousness in the first place? Focusing on the combat report With the Marines at Tarawa (USA 1944) this text shows how the ramifications of genre poetics can be explored as a network of experiential modalities that make history graspable as a continuous process of delineating the limits of community.