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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?