25th May 2012Posted in: News Comments Off
Coming Home: Veterans on the Big ScreenComing home from war is a wrenching transition for the returning veteran. “Soldier’s Home”—a short story in Ernest Hemingway’s early collection, In Our Time (1925)—masterfully captures the returning war veteran’s sense of dislocation and alienation from a “normal” life after confronting the horrors of war. Though written shortly after the end of World War I, Hemingway’s story distills the essence of the returning vet story to which moviemakers have returned again and again over the intervening years. In some ways, the battle to readjust to civilian life can be as difficult and daunting as facing enemy fire in a distant land.
To commemorate Memorial Day and to honor our war veterans, MM has chosen five movies that represent the most riveting and heartfelt examples of the “coming home” genre.