The Changing Anzac Legend in Three Key Australian Films

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Reynaud, D. (2007). The changing Anzac legend in three key Australian films. Screening the Past, (22). Retrieved from http://tlweb.latrobe.edu.au/humanities/screeningthepast/22/anzac-legend-australian-films.html


With the partially reconstructed The hero of the Dardanelles (Australia, 1915, reconstruction 2005) now available for viewing at National Film and Sound Archive branches,[1] Australians can now compare our earliest Gallipoli film with two others which are commercially available: Forty thousand horsemen (Australia, 1940), and Gallipoli (Australia, 1981). An examination of these films reveals how the legend has evolved in cinema from its inception in 1915 to its heyday in the nationalist movie rhetoric of the 1980s.


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