Censorship Policies During The Vietnam War Essay

2234 Words Nov 17th, 2016 9 Pages
Historically, censorship policies have impacted the production of war imagery in films during explicit conflict, especially in the United States. It dictated the amount of films produced, how they were produced, and where the films were distributed. Not only did it affect film, but it also affected photography and information the press released to the public. These censorship policies in the United States, furthermore, affected the film industry during both the Second World War and the Vietnam War; however, their impact produced drastically different results. In one, censorship policies produced a polished war narrative in film—one which reflected an exaggerated version of the heroism of the American soldier and reassured the public that war efforts had an impact on American morale and progress in the Second World War. In the other, censorship policies and the attitude towards warfare impacted the production of narrative war films negatively, resulting in a drastic decline in number—less than a handful of films about the conflict in Vietnam were produced during the United States’ involvement in Southeast Asia. This begs the question: Why is there such a discrepancy between the number of narrative war films produced during the Second World War in comparison to the amount produced during the Vietnam War?
Perhaps the reduction of these narrative war films simply indicates Hollywood’s lack of interest in Vietnam due to financial concerns. Perhaps the reduction of narrative war…

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