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(L-R) Kirsten DunstNo less an authority on filmmaking than the French New Wave master Francois Truffaut once declared that there’s no such thing as an anti-war movie. His argument was that cinema, by its very nature, inherently glamorizes war. The rush of combat, the adventure, the drama and high stakes of battle—all of these things have been depicted so many times, in so many ways, with the intention of thrilling audiences. Movies connect viewers to the figures fighting the war and emotionally engage the audience in their fears, their hopes, and their camaraderie with the power of heroic camera angles, resonant music, and narrative tension. Simply by doing those things, Truffaut was among many to argue, film can make war seem appealing. It could be us up…

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