Is ww2 film evidence any use to an historian wanting to find out about key events in ww2?
There are many different types of film evidence created during and after world war two these can include propaganda movies, still action images and Hollywood productions. There can be many problems relating to finding out about ww2 including understanding the point of the film being created, being able to link it to factual events of ww2, the reliability of films etc. Propaganda film
Propaganda films are used mostly in a documentary style. They are used to convince the viewer of a certain political point or influence the opinions or behaviour people or can be used to inform people of something. Propaganda films usually contain still images, recorded footage and a person doing a voiceover to explain what’s happening. Propaganda films can be useful to historians because you can see real action happening so this shows you or gives you an idea of what actually happened during ww2. It can also show the opinions of people because you can see the message the film is trying to show. So you can see what the government needed to tell or show people in order to convince them that everything was alright. Despite this propaganda films can also be unreliable. The reporter chooses the shots of what to put in the film this can be unreliable because they will only choose shots that are positive to their country in order to keep the public happy about the process of the war. The reporter will not pick shots which are negative about the process in the war in order to keep the public happy so this can be unreliable.
Still action images
Historians can also analyse still action images to find out about events during ww2. Examples can include cartoonists view on events, images taken during the war etc. Images can be useful in helping us find out about world war two because they can show us how the artist felt about the events of the war. This can show us the opinions of people and how they...
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