American Cinema

A 1995 10-part series chronicling 100 years of movie history features a rich collection of clips, along with comments by actors, directors and other industry experts. Among the episodes: `The Star,' `Romantic Comedy,' `The Studio System,' `The Western,' `The Combat Film,' `Film Noir,' `The Film School Generation' and `The Edge of Hollywood.'

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The Combat Film

First Aired: July 12, 1995

Combat films are examined, from glamorized heroism in John Wayne movies to the stark realism evoked in epics about Vietnam. Clips include “The Sands of Iwo Jima,” “All Quiet on the Western Front,” “The Big Red One,” “Platoon.” Narrator: Matthew Modine.

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