IJSSH 2014 Vol.4(4): 288-292 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2014.V4.365

Militainment in British Cinema: Analysis Based on Selected Film Productions

Olga Bogdańska
Abstract—Since the invention of cinematography, scenes of battles have fascinated directors and have become an important element of film art. Over the years, the British film industry has developed a rich repertoire of conventions to present warfare. Moreover, the military history of this country is regarded as an inexhaustible source of inspiration which can be converted into a countless number of screenplays. In recent years, it has been argued that a transformation in the paradigm of presenting war in comparison with the times of the Great World Wars has appeared. The phenomenon is called militainment. To propose a precise definition of this term proves to be problematic. It is commonly used to describe the presentation of military elements in popular culture and the ways in which contemporary media depict war drama as a fascinating and entertaining spectacle. It seems crucial to describe factors which may have led to the appearance and development of militainment in the context of film studies. Consequently, the aim of this paper is to provide a forum for discussing how militainment has influenced the presentation of war in films that were produced in the United Kingdom.

Index Terms—British cinema, militainment, popular culture, war films.

O. Bogdańska is with the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities within the Faculty of Philosophy and History, University of Lodz, Poland (e-mail: olgabogdanska@ gmail.com).

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Cite: Olga Bogdańska, " Militainment in British Cinema: Analysis Based on Selected Film Productions," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 288-292, 2014.

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