If we concentrate on representations of the American Civil War on film, the two movies which most recently struck a nerve with both people interested in the Civil War and parts of a broader general public were Gettysburg (1993) and Glory (1989). Do these scenes glorify war? Why/why not, and how?
First, a scene from Gettysburg:
Compare that image to another epic battle film, Waterloo (1970) … of which the following shows the preparations for battle:
And then, from Glory, there’s the eve of battle and the preparations for the assault on Battery Wagner here:
Now … do these scenes glorify war? Do they hint at its reality on the eve of battle?