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Eastwood's Iwo Jima: Critical Engagements with Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima

Anne Gjelsvik and Rikke Schubart


This book assesses how Clint Eastwood’s diptych of films about the battle over Iwo Jima reflects war today. It highlights the fact that, with Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Eastwood made a unique contribution to film history, being the first director to make two films about the same event (together these works tell the story behind one of history’s most famous photographs, Joe Rosenthal’s “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima”). The volume details how Eastwood’s films examine the battle over Iwo Jima from two nations’ perspectives, in two languages, and shows that they e ... More

Keywords: film history, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Clint Eastwood, patriotism, heroism, Iwo Jima, war film, cinema, war on terror

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231165655
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165655.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Gjelsvik, editor

Rikke Schubart, editor

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Rikke Schubart & Anne Gjelsvik

Part One History

Flags of their Stepfathers?

Martin Edwin Andersen

Part Two Flags of Our Fathers

Care or Glory?

Anne Gjelsvik

Beyond Mimesis

Holger Pötzsch

Haunting in the War Film

Robert Burgoyne

Part Three Letters from Iwo Jima

Eastwood and the Enemy

Rikke Schubart

East of Eastwood

Lars-Martin Sørensen

Humanism Versus Patriotism?

Mikkel Bruun Zangenberg

Part Four War Today

To Sell a War

Vibeke Schou Tjalve


Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen

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