War and Media: The Phenomena of the Combat Image

We would like to invite you to a lecture by Andrew Stasiulis, an American filmmaker and lecturer at DePaul University in Chicago of Lithuanian descent, in which he will introduce the complex relationship between cinema, war and media.

In an interview conducted during the promotion of the film Saving Private Ryan, director Steven Spielberg declared all war films to be inherently anti-war.  Francois Truffaut, writing years earlier, believed all war films to be essentially pro-war. For Truffaut, the public’s fascination with the spectacular imagery of combat, particularly in cinematic representations, illustrates the enduring popularity of War mediated by a screen.  This lecture, conducted by Andrew Stasiulis, film director and lecturer at DePaul University in Chicago, will explore the “no man’s land” between these two positions in our present media landscape.

Following a historical overview of the Combat Image, this lecture will place its sights over the aesthetics of War in the wake of September 11th, 2001.  The ultimate objective will be to analyze the role media plays in shaping our understanding of military conflicts, whether the agenda is negative or positive. Through an examination of various films, television, and video games we will navigate the "Fog of War" separating actual warfare and its virtual representations.