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Film is Like a BattlegroundSam Fuller's War Movies$
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Marsha Gordon

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190269746

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190269746.001.0001

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Reimagining the War

Reimagining the War

The Big Red One

(p.217) Chapter 6 Reimagining the War
Film is Like a Battleground

Marsha Gordon

Oxford University Press

The Big Red One (1980) was Fuller’s lifelong film project. This chapter documents the project’s roots in the 1950s and the long path to its eventual production in the late 1970s. It also looks back to the Falkenau footage Fuller recorded at a Nazi camp at the end of the war, discussed in chapter 1, as the genesis for the project. As a late-career war film—Fuller’s last, in fact—it is most important because it allowed the director to represent what he considered a morally justifiable war while staying true to Fuller’s core vision of the inhumanity of war.

Keywords:   World War II, concentration camps, First Infantry Division, combat, The Big Red One

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