A study of Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy

Strachan, Calum (2008) A study of Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation is an examination of Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy of films. I will explore how over the course of his three films "Platoon" (Stone, 1986), "Born on the Fourth of July" (Stone, 1989) and "Heaven and Earth" (Stone, 1993) Stone explores and critiques America's involvement with Vietnam. I will investigate how Stone uses the perspectives of different people involved in the conflict to comment on different aspects of the war; including fighting on the front line, the anti-war movements and the experiences of the Vietnamese people caught up in the conflict. My primary aim is to examine how Oliver Stone's films challenge the 'Vietnam syndrome' by showing audiences realistic depictions of the Vietnam War and the continuing struggles that faced many Vietnam Veterans on their return to America. I will also assess how Stone uses personal subject matters and the trials of individuals who were deeply affected by the Vietnam War to depict issues that affected America as a nation.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/566

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