Wartime Kiss: Visions of the Moment in the 1940s (Essays in the Arts)

Wartime Kiss: Visions of the Moment in the 1940s (Essays in the Arts)

Alexander Nemerov


Wartime Kiss is a private meditation at the haunting strength of yank images and flicks from global battle II and the later Nineteen Forties. beginning with a beautiful reinterpretation of 1 of the main well-known images of all time, Alfred Eisenstaedt's photograph of a sailor kissing a nurse in occasions sq. on V-J Day, Alexander Nemerov is going directly to study an array of in general forgotten pictures and picture episodes--from a photograph of Jimmy Stewart and Olivia de Havilland mendacity on a picnic blanket within the Santa Barbara hills to scenes from such movies as Twelve O'Clock High and Hold again the Dawn. Erotically charged and bearing lines of trauma even if they appear a ways faraway from the battle, those pictures and scenes appear to carry out the promise of a palpable and emotional connection to these years.

Through a sequence of interesting tales, Nemerov unearths the stunning historical past of those bits of movie and discovers unforeseen connections among the conflict and Hollywood, from an obsession with aviation to Anne Frank's love of the films. fantastically written and illustrated, Wartime Kiss vividly conjures up an international within which Margaret Bourke-White may stick with a heroic task photographing a B-17 bombing venture over Tunis with a role in Hollywood documenting the filming of a struggle motion picture. finally it is a ebook approximately background as a sensuous adventure, a piece as mysterious, indescribable, and affecting as a singular by means of W. G. Sebald.

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