The Best Years of Our Lives: Post-war American Cinema


1.  1945-1946:  post-war society

          --VE day


          --VJ day?


          --“point” system


          --problems in conversion to peace-time society?



2.  the industry after the war—turn to realism in studio styles

          --economic constraints      


--war experiences of film industry workers


          --saw a more serious purpose for their work




3.  Liberty Films:  partnership formed by Capra, Stevens and Wyler



          --Wyler and Best Years


                    “semi-documentary” style:

4. Discussion: where is the film's semi-documentary style evident? How is it put to use to address social problems? How does the film present social problems (cinematically) as moral dilemmas?