Publication Date

Spring 2018

Faculty Supervisor

Marsh Jones


Films hold the capability to shape perspectives and beliefs, spread new ideas, and express suppressed feelings in the hardest of times. Between the year 1939 to 1945, the second World War took the lives of over 50 million people and left homes in ruin. During this time, artists all over the world continued to practice their art forms, many refusing to ignore the atrocities that were occurring. In particular, film makers across the world took the power of the camera and mass media to make statements that have been engraved in filmstrips and history. This paper will identify a handful of films from China, Japan, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States, outlining what was happening during the war at the time of their release, a brief synopsis of the artistic and political culture of the area, and how they interacted with the power of mass media in relation to the war.


History 105


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