Transition between two social systems

List of scenes

 

SHORT DEFINITION   These pathos scenes bring to the fore the difference between the quotidian sociality of civilian life and military sociality in the state of emergency which is war. In particular, these scenes portray aspects and processes of transition, variations and modifications of civilian sociality with the goal of establishing a military sociality.
CONSTELLATIONS These pathos scenes are thus characterized by a number of central, recurring motifs. .

The first includes all rituals of transition that bring someone out of a daily, civilian community and integrate them into the new community of the troop.

Second, within this transition, cleaving the community into masculine and feminine often plays a major role. This is conveyed cinematically as the experience of separation.

Third, real biological reproduction is replaced by the abstract principle of asexual propagation, portrayed by the immediate substitution of lost members of this community

Fourth, the military community is portrayed as a purely paternal structure. This is staged on the one hand via variations of father figures, on the other hand by reminders of the heroes, founders, and father figures who gave their lives for the community.

Fifth and final, the established military community is characterized in particular by the fact that the images of quotidian moments of military life mirror, in their character constellations, the domestic structures of civilian life

AFFECTIVE DIMENSION These pathos scenes secure their affective potential primarily through the cinematic staging of moments of the loss of aspects and elements of civilian society on the one hand, and moments of merging into a new community on the other hand.

 

Apocalypse Now

Attack

Band of Brothers - Episode 1: Currahee

Bataan*

Fixed Bayonets

Guadalcanal Diary

Gung Ho!*

Objective, Burma!

Sahara*

Sands of Iwo Jima*

The Steel Helmet

Tora! Tora! Tora!

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