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The Films of War


  Which leaves a more lasting impression on Americans – images of war or images from war movies? A new book tries to answer that question.

Lake Effect's film contributor Dave Luhrssen, has seen more movies than he can probably count - from every genre you can imagine. But Luhrssen, who is arts and entertainment editor at the Shepherd Express newspaper, turns to the history of one distinct variety of film for his new book.

War on the Silver Screen: Shaping America’s Perception of History was co-written with UW-Milwaukee history professor Glen Jeansonne. It looks at a century’s worth of war films, from World War I through the War on Terror, and contends that the movies have often had a more lasting effect on the American psyche than the wars themselves.

Luhrssen tells Lake Effect’s Dan Harmon how he decided what qualified as a “war” movie.

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Dan Harmon was one of the original members of Lake Effect (formerly At Ten). He started at WUWM in November of 1998 and left December of 2015 after 17 years of production.
David Luhrssen is arts and entertainment editor of the Shepherd Express, co-founder of the Milwaukee International Film Festival and co-author of A Time of Paradox: America Since 1890. He is the winner of the Pace Setter Award for contributions to Milwaukee's film community from the Milwaukee Independent Film Society. David Luhrssen has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and Milwaukee Area Technical College.