LSC Event Descriptions

February 23 & 25, 2007

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Rated R
132 minutes

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
February 23, 2007 at 7:00 and 10:00 pm in 26-100
February 25, 2007 at 7:00 pm in 26-100

"Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima," a picture taken by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945 depicts five Marines and one Navy Corpsman raising the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi. The image served as a counterpoint for one of the most vicious battles of the war: the fight to take Iwo Jima, a desolate island of black sand barely eight square miles that would prove a tipping point in the Pacific campaign. Lasting more than a month, the fight was a bloody, drawn-out conflict that might have turned the American public against the war entirely, had it not been for the photo, which was taken and published five days into the battle.

Flags of Our Fathers is a human drama of friendship and love, sacrifice and manipulation, set against the violent conflict of the battle of Iwo Jima. Two-time Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood focuses equally on the war and home, crosscutting between the viciousness of the battle and the manufactured propaganda campaign and careful manipulation of the image that followed issues that remain prevalent today. As Flags of Our Fathers shows how the photograph became the very beginning of celebrity worship, the film questions our need to create and celebrate heroes, sometimes at a cost. [www.rottentomatoes.com]

Flags of Our Fathers is a film of awesome power and blistering provocation.
      -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. Read this review.

2006 Academy Award Nominations: Achievement in Sound Editing, Achievement in Sound Mixing


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