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Koo Hye Min - Evolution of Film Propaganda Throughout World War II. How was the cinema regulated and/or freely used to affect the people's attitudes toward the war ?



Having lived in Texas for more than 4 years, Hyemin has developed a sensitivity in expression (when writing in English) which makes her stand out among her schoolmates. An amateur script writer and film director, she chose propaganda films in World War II as her research topic.
The propaganda movies made during World War II - by the British, the Americans, Germans, Soviets and Italians - are, in the age of the internet, easily accessible, and so is literature on the field. Hye Min emphasized primary over secondary sources. What separates her research paper from those of other KMLA students is the fact that she was able to view the movies, read the books, process the information into a finished paper considerably faster than her schoolmates.
In her paper she deals with every movie she included in her research in detail; she sorts propaganda movies produced in the various nations in stages of development, classifies propaganda by intensity and the means by which the object (intended to be) is achieved. Her paper provides an excellent encyclopedic overview over the matter; while hers is not the first account on the topic, it is an independent analysis, which compares to a third year college presentation of the matter, a basis for an academic discussion.


November 4th 2006

Alexander Ganse



Koo Hye Min Evolution of Film Propaganda Throughout World War II - How was the cinema regulated and/or freely used to affect the people's attitudes toward the war ?