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Clint Eastwood's Flag of Our Fathers
Thursday 21 December 2006 21:30-22:15 (Radio 3)
On Night Waves tonight, AS Byatt on why the European short story needs rescuing from American hegemony and Jonathan Miller on why ghosts haunt the British Christmas.
For the penultimate programme in this season of Night Waves, Matthew Sweet is joined by Adam Mars-Jones to review Clint Eastwood's queasy new take on war and propaganda. Flags of our Fathers tells the story of the iconic photo of US Marines raising the stars and stripes over Iwo Jima at the height of the war against Japan, and the fund-raising publicity drive the American Government spun out of the image's impact. How does the film sit against the sweep of Eastwood's decades of directorial work - and how will it resonate in a Britain approaching its fourth year under fire in Iraq?