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Regarding Peter Stevenson’s Dec. 31 letter, “As influential as ‘Rashomon’ “: Stevenson apparently didn’t comprehend my Dec. 17 letter, “Nothing can save war movie,” in which I stated categorically that all war movies are rubbish!

War films trivialize the horrors of war and that is almost criminal. Or worse, films like “Top Gun” serve no other purpose than to support local military recruiting centers in Small Town, America, or promote an inflated sense of patriotism. Why must Americans link patriotism to war so often?

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