The article is divided into two parts, first a reading of Flags of Our Fathers, then a reading of Letters From Iwo Jima. Eastwood’s original project was to deconstruct the heroism of the American flag raising. However, asLetters came into being the project took on a new development and three themes emerged as central for both films: the question of time and the past; the question of emotion and our identification with characters; and the question of heroism. The article finally asks if Eastwood can be called a minor utopian, borrowing this term from Jay Winters.
Eastwood's Iwo Jima: A Critical Engagement With Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima, 2010