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M. Todd Bennett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835746

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837467_bennett

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Kissing Cousins

Kissing Cousins

How Anglo-American Relations Became “Special”

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M. Todd Bennett

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807837467_bennett.9

Mrs. Miniver (1942) is Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's portrait of the war's disruptive effects on English family's life. Its political context earned it wide acclaim and the film resonated strongly among American viewers because of its compelling narrative. This chapter discusses how films romanticized the Anglo-American alliance to foster an impression of an international harmony. It discusses wartime cinematic discourse highlighting the idea that Americans and Britons shared a “special relationship”, which was a direct result of their wartime experiences.

Keywords:   Mrs. Miniver, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, films, Anglo-American alliance, international harmony, cinematic discourse, Americans, Britons

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