Defining war posters
In its most basic form, a war film is any film dealing with war, usually focusing on naval, air or land battle, but
sometimes focusing instead on prisoners of war, covert operations, training or other related subjects not directly
relying on the main battle. You will see examples of this in many of Photowall's war posters. It has to be said that
there is also a healthy amount of politics, depending in which era the film was made. Many of the dramatic war films in
the early 1940s in the United States, for example, were designed to create consensus at the expense of "the enemy." On
the other hand, war films produced during the Vietnam War tended to reflect the disillusionment of the American public
towards this specific conflict. War posters can be your tool to personify your stance on a particular conflict-related
issue. This type of movie tends to have a number of cliches associated with them such as the officer immediately
outranking the main character will tend to be both unreasonable and unyielding, almost anyone sharing personal
information will die shortly after sharing their plans if they are back home and anyone acting in a cowardly or
unpatriotic manner will either convert to heroism or die as a sacrifice.
Classics of the genre
There is no definitive war film, as people tend to have different tastes as well as their outlooks on political issues
changing over time. Nonetheless, there are movies belonging to this genre that are timeless and hold up even today. One
of which is Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter. This masterpiece offered almost unbearably intense scenes of the Vietnam
War, at a time when mainstream movies were just beginning to touch on the still pretty much fresh subject. Robert De
Niro, Christopher Walken and John Cazale were just some of the now legendary actors that were part of the amazing cast.
War posters like Deer Hunter can showcase this film and your appreciation for it, while at the same time generating
maximum visual impact with its unique design and catchy subject. If you go further back in time, maybe David Lean’s The
Bridge on the River Kwai is for you. This film took the prizes for Best Director, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay
at the Academy Awards. Bridge on the River Kwai is beautifully poetic war poster that can make any room pop.
Importance of war posters
Sometimes there are wars that go unnoticed by people who are not in its immediate proximity. This is where war films help
to educate and raise awareness. The Anglo-Zulu war is a concrete example of this, where British victory over the Zulus
paved way for the takeover of South Africa's rich gold and diamond mines, and the country's incorporation into the
British Empire. This conflict was made into a now classic war picture, as you can see in war posters like Zulu. This
image will boost your visual weight, impact and interest in many ways, not to mention enhance the dimensions in your
chosen space. You can put it up in your home's living room or even the office meeting space.