Tom Lulic - Sahara Review
Some of the themes discussed regarding American propaganda in films during WWII were shown well in Sahara. The issues of the war were portrayed most noticeably in the dialog between the soldiers when they would speak of their families. In many cases during the movie a soldier would make reference to his family and home and in a few instances would show pictures of his wife and children. This seemed to be the source of motivation behind achieving victory, to survive and save those back home.
The nature of the enemy is certainly depicted in an obvious way. The captured German soldier represents the image of the American's enemy in WWII and is shown to be many things: untrustworthy even when a white flag of surrender is waived, immoral when the German captive is said to have a "uniform on his soul", stupid when the outnumbered German wants the Allied soldiers to be his prisoners, racist when the German addresses the South African and even weak when the defeated German soldiers run desperately to the water hole in the end.
The United Nations and the Allies fighting together against a common enemy is the most prominent theme in this film. The movie starts with the three Americans picking up a group of Englishmen and a Frenchman, even an Italian and a German are added to this voyaging group to show a small sample size of the tension and relationships the countries involved in this war had.
The theme of the production front is is not shown at all during this film. Women provided a great contribution to the prodution of WWII supplies and not one woman was casted in this movie. It is interesting however to see that a film contributing to American moral and the smooth and unfaultering ways of the American soldier has a tank which has a bad engine showing the soldier's supplies are holding him back.
The home front is also ignored in this film. The soldiers spend the entire duration in the desert and the civilian contribution goes unnoticed. Aside from the mentionings of the soldiers families, the "people back home" are forgot when watching.
The fighting forces is a theme shown well. The group of men all represent countries in the Allied and Axis powers. A relationship is established between Bogart and the Englishmen and there is a noticeable respect for one another. Another thing that is worth noting is the tension and disagreement between the Italian and the German when the two soldiers should be fighting for the same beliefs and the same cause.