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World War II Films: Life on the Home Front

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Wars are often won by the activities of civilians who produce goods and sacrifice their own living standards to help their nation. This was definitely the case during World War II, when the power of the Allies was highly dependent on their productive capacities, the shifts of women into male jobs, and the overall willingness to sacrifice. This study group will mainly include U.S. films that were produced during the war when 90 million people went to the movies every week. We will see what they saw including cartoons and newsreels. The subjects will include comedies (The More the Merrier, Hail the Conquering Hero, Miracle at Morgan’s Creek, The Major and the Minor); romances (The Clock, I’ll Be Seeing You); and dramas covering such subjects as discrimination (Bad Day at Black Rock); the adjustment of vets to civilian life (The Best Years of Our Lives); and personal struggles (Since You Went Away). Films will also be included about the home front for other allies such as Great Britain (Mrs. Miniver, Went the Day Well); and the U.S.S.R. (The Cranes are Flying, Ballad of a Soldier). Not all of these films will be shown and others may be added. Please join us in this broad view of the films that capture the importance of civilians during wartime.

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

Wieboldt Hall

MultipleInstructor :
1.Dennis Carlin2.Tom Swanstrom3.Raymond Rusnak4.Peggy DeLay 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
3/8/2018 - 6/7/2018 Weekly - Thu 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM Chicago, Wieboldt Hall  Map Peggy DeLay  ; Raymond Rusnak  ; Tom Swanstrom  ; Dennis Carlin  ClassRoom