3 thoughts on “Glorifying War? Third in a series

  1. wgdavis March 23, 2012 / 3:19 pm

    “Horrywooooood!”
    –Ito, 1941

  2. Harry Smeltzer March 23, 2012 / 8:28 pm

    Certain aspects of the story as it may actually have happened were too Hollywood for Hollywood: according to Emilio, Shaw was killed on the rampart above the ditch, not on its slope, shot through the heart while shouting “Forward, Fifty-fourth” with “uplifted sword.” And rather than an enlisted man saying “I will” when Shaw asked who would take the colors should the bearer fall, it was Shaw who gave that answer in response to the question asked by General Strong. And Shaw had just been married in May – now there’s a Hollywood touch, killing off the newlywed! Imagine the howling if those things had been left in the film!

  3. jfepperson March 24, 2012 / 6:05 am

    I always liked that scene—yeah, there’s a lot of Hollywood, but it is still well done, IMO.

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