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Which War?

Two takes on warfare in counterpoint, from Raoul Walsh's _They Died with Their Boots On_.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

Doom in the dust, from Raoul Walsh's They Died with Their Boots On (1941). In wide shot, the combatants register not as people, but as clumps of ants; in close-up and medium shot, they stand carefully arranged in recruitment poster poses. Two takes on warfare in counterpoint: the heroic ideal, where distinct and handsome individuals act with purpose, and the messy, inglorious stuff of fear, large-scale death, and group will.


Quick ReadsRaoul Walsh
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