Synopses & Reviews
Due to its popularity and the controversy it engendered, The Best Years of Our Lives stands as one of the most important cultural documents of the post-WWII era. Moreover, with its emphasis on soldiers returning from war with post-traumatic stress syndrome, facing an uncertain economic climate, and strained domestic lives, the film speaks with emotional power directly to contemporary issues, including the devastating injuries and insecurites faced by soldiers returning home from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq today. Among the topics discussed are American neorealism, aesthetics, war and homecoming, and more.
About the Author
Sarah Kozloff is Professor in the Department of Drama and Film at Vassar College, New York. She was the Consultant Editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory.
Table of Contents
Synopsis*Acknowledgement* Chapter One: Returning from War*Chapter Two: American Neorealism?*Chapter Three: Authors and Intentions*Chapter Four: Major Themes*Chapter Five: Aesthetic Qualities*Chapter Six:TBC*Chapter Seven: Conclusion: More Wars, More Homecomings*Credits