Fine Arts

Meaning and Liberty in Vietnam War Films


The conference explored several films on the Vietnam War to ask questions about American popular attitudes toward the war, the effects of those attitudes on American culture and politics, and how those perceptions informed people's sensibilities about freedom and responsibility generally.


Conference Readings

Charts showing opinion poll data.

The Deer Hunter. Directed by Michael Cimino. MCA/Universal Home Video, 1978. DVD.

Apocalypse Now. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Vidmark / Trimark, 1979. DVD.

Rambo: First Blood. Directed by Ted Kotcheff. Lions Gate, 1982. DVD.

Full Metal Jacket. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Warner Home Video, 1987. DVD.

Path to War. Directed by John Frankenheimer. HBO Video, 2002. DVD.

The Green Berets. Directed by Ray Kellogg, John Wayne, and Mervyn LeRoy. Warner Home Video, 2007 (1968). DVD.

Gelb, Leslie H. and Richard K. Betts. The Irony of Vietnam: The System Worked. Washington: The Brookings Institution, 1979.

Greene, Felix. Vietnam! Vietnam! In Photographs and Text. Palo Alto: Fulton Publishing Co, 1966.

O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1990.

Rummel, R. J. Death by Government. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2008.