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Jonathan Rayner

pictures, also spans pre-war and post-war American naval films. The creation of this body of films by a contingent of filmmakers with links and affinities to naval services is unsurprising in context, and the naval film’s celebration of tradition is an equally predictable element in scripts produced under wartime conditions, for propagandist ends or by ex-service personnel. Yet the naval war film has re-emerged, alongside other examples of the war genre, as a popular form in American cinema (though not so in British filmmaking) in spite of the disappearance of this

in The naval war film