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-servicepersonnel. 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