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The film I am reviewing for classroom use is “Pearl Harbor”. I like to use this movie in class for a couple major reasons. The first being the detail and the graphic images that are shown of the attack. The students really get a sense of the massive scale of the damage and the “shock and awe” created by the surprise attack. The second major reason I like using the video is the sense of anger and hatred that is developed towards Japan. These feelings serve as a bridge to discuss later actions taken by the US towards the Japanese. From Executive Order 9066, to the decision to drop atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki viewing Pearl Harbor provided a window into the thinking and feeling of the period. So I would recommend using the attack portion of the movie “Pearl Harbor” for background knowledge of WWII.