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SF360: Eastwood’s Battles

SF360: Eastwood's Battles

One can be forgiven for thinking that Clint Eastwood seems late with his entwined combat films, “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima.” Last year, after all, was marked as the year of the war movie, with Iraq documentaries hitting their fever pitch. Then there’s the fact that “Flags”/”Letters” are World War II combat films, not exactly the sexiest genre to be resurrecting since, after all, isn’t part of the problem in Iraq precisely that we’re still depending on outmoded WWII archetypes of a “stand-up” fight? And yet, while Eastwood’s films lack some of the in-the-guts currency of other recent war movies, they will almost certainly be more lasting than most of the pack, in no small part thanks to their informed genre play. Max Goldberg reports.

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