COMM 546 MASH

COMM 546 MASH - Jake Unger 3/24/10 COMM 546: Week 11...

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Jake Unger 3/24/10 COMM 546: Week 11 M*A*S*H MASH represents another addition to the “New Wave” of Hollywood, as the film was embraced by counter-culture audiences for its “tasteless yet evocative humor and its anti-war, anti-Establishment, anti-religion stance” ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066026/synopsis ). While the film is set in the Korean War, it is clear that the film’s satiric target is the Vietnam War and the baggage that comes along with it: the establishment, government, patriarchy, religion, and order. The central characters general attitudes towards these institutions represented by their comedic pranks and actions towards Frank Burns (representing religion and the older generation), Maj. “Hot Lips” Houlihan (representing the order of the military), and other military personnel they come across, show a general disregard for the established order of American society in the 1970s. Similar to Easy Rider , it is easy to see why a film challenging the older generation, and established institutions would be so popular among audiences that were
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