The Killing Fields. 1984/Fail-Safe. 1964/Heaven and Earth 1993
this is a film review that analyzes how the chosen film (inventory of films is below) relates to International Relations.
The essay should review the event, lecture, exhibit, panel, discussion, or film for the following points: international relations relevance generally, theoretical possibilities, and any coverage of concepts or events from readings and lecture. In other words,
1st half: only write about what the film is about and how it matters to international relations. MUST RELATE THE FILM, to the study of international relations;
Note how this film matters to the study of international relations as discussed in the readings, lecture, and text of the class. Again, half your paper must be about how the film or lecture relates directly to what we have discussed in class!!
NO MORE THAN HALF should be devoted to explaining the point of the film .
PROOFREAD ALL PAPERS. Papers that are poorly written may not get the credit!
Here are the films for the assignment. Choose wisely—a film that is barely relevant will likely require a stronger analysis than a more clearly salient production.
IR FILMS (** denotes a recommended selection)
The Killing Fields. 1984
The Killing Fields is a romanticized adaptation of an eyewitness magazine story by New York Times correspondent Sidney Schanberg, who was in Cambodia in 1975 when it fell under the control of the Communist Khmer Rouge. **
One little glitch threatens the world with a thermonuclear nightmare in Sidney Lumet’s definitive cold-war drama, Fail-Safe. **
The Missiles of October. 1974
The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis is the subject of this made-for-TV effort. Starring William Devane as President John Kennedy, the movie explores the events of the 13-day period when the world stood on the brink of nuclear war. **
Salvador may be Oliver Stone’s best film, even if it is one of his least known and commercially disappointing. Released in the same year as Stone’s more acclaimed Platoon, Salvador takes a rare, politically volatile subject: the U.S.-backed war in El Salvador and gives audiences a thrill-a-minute ride through the eyes of its unlikely protagonist, photographer Richard Boyle (James Woods).
Heaven and Earth 1993
One of few films examining the Vietnam War from different perspectives. Heaven and Earth begins in the central Vietnamese village of Ky La during the 1950s.
Regis Wargnier’s epic about French Indochina — from the years of French colonial imperialism to the days when American presence made itself felt and the country became known as Vietnam
Choose one film and write a one and a half page no more no less.