The Americanization of Emily is a 1964 American black-and-white romantic dark comedy-drama war film written by Paddy Chayefsky, produced by Martin Ransohoff, directed by Arthur Hiller, and starring James Garner, Julie Andrews, Melvyn Douglas and James Coburn. The film also features Joyce Grenfell, Keenan Wynn, and William Windom. The screenplay by Chayefsky is loosely adapted from the novel of the same name by William Bradford Huie, who had been a SeaBee officer during the Normandy Invasion. The film is set in 1944 London during World War II in the weeks leading up to D-Day.
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Reflections on the start of the Great War, 100 years ago, the second act (World War II) and wars in general
I don't trust people who make bitter reflections about war, Mrs. Barham. It's always the generals with the bloodiest records who are the first to shout what a Hell it is. And it's always the widows who lead the Memorial Day parades ... Maybe ministers and generals blunder us into wars, Mrs. Barham, the least the rest of us can do is to resist honoring the institution.
Short summaries of anti-war films with rankings (as a number of *'s [1-3]) in terms of importance
The Americanization of Emily - "War is not moral" clip, 1964
Probably the most significant scene in the movie, where Charlie (James Garner) talks about the morality of war and how "the rest of us ... perpetuate war by exalting its sacrifices"
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