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Sahara - Martine Schroeder

The film “Sahara� does a poor job reflecting the ethnic and racial aspects of World War II. In the film, a small group of diverse men come together. An American, an African, an Italian, a British man, and an Italian all meet in the desert and join together in an effort to escape and later battle the enemy, who are the Nazi Germans.

The makers of this film would put this diverse group happily together primarily to stick to the standards the Government issued to Hollywood. By having a united group of men from a variety of different ethnic backgrounds it portrays a united front among the US and its allies. The idea that ‘we all work together’ makes the US and its allies seem more coherent and may persuade more people to join the cause. This type of film makes it seem as if anyone could make a difference in the war no matter what a persons’ ethnicity or race is.

Also, by not having any woman characters in the film it makes it more difficult for women to relate to it. This doesn’t necessarily detract from the film’s persuasive purposes, but it does make it more difficult for women to see what exactly their patriotic duty would be. This movie seems to be intended more for men, but it would have given women an idea of what was going on overseas during war time.