1 Media, Department for the Study of Culture, Faculty of Humanities, SDU2 Faculty of Humanities, SDU3 Department for the Study of Culture, Faculty of Humanities, SDU4 Media, Department for the Study of Culture, Faculty of Humanities, SDU
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