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Eastwood's Iwo JimaCritical Engagements with Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima$
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Anne Gjelsvik and Rikke Schubart

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165655

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165655.001.0001

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Clint Eastwood’s Postclassical Multiple Narratives of Iwo Jima

Clint Eastwood’s Postclassical Multiple Narratives of Iwo Jima

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(p.139) Clint Eastwood’s Postclassical Multiple Narratives of Iwo Jima
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Eastwood's Iwo Jima
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Glenn Man

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165655.003.0008

This chapter examines Clint Eastwood’s 2006 films Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima in light of postclassical narration and multi-protagonist plots. Both Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima exhibit several characteristics of the multiple narrative film. Eastwood’s use of multiple narratives in both films is an example of a trend in contemporary cinema and also a continuation of his Mystic River (2003), but at the same time it represents a bold experiment of its own in postmodern war cinema. The essay analyzes the differences in the narrative structures of Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima as well as their impact on viewers’ understanding.

Keywords:   narration, Clint Eastwood, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, narrative film, Mystic River, war cinema, narrative structure

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