quoted for emphasisIf I was writing the screenplay for a war movie, I might not include scenes of the wives either, as that might detract from the main focus. The first act of a movie should start from a point that is relevant to the story. If the characters spend all their time away from their homes and the conflict doesn't relate to their families, then that side of their lives that isn't relevant to the story. Too many movies nowadays start with unnecessary background information because it is thought this will make characters more well rounded, but you should learn about the characters by the way they act and react as the story progresses. Think of 12 Angry Men. You don't meet the characters until they are already in the jury room, but their personalities emerge once they start clashing over their opinions.
I agree that women, BW especially, need to be better depicted on screen (12 Angry Men is a good example of a movie that is mysteriously deprived of any female characters) but a war movie in a time women didn't enlist doesn't seem like the right medium to promote gender equality. A movie like this could at best only provide very brief and fleeting scenes of BW and that's hardly satisfying.
Every war movie *except* those with black soldiers show the soldiers fighting to come home to their women (of the same race). This is true for every white war movie from the black and white era, to "Saving Private Ryan" and right on down to "The Dirty Dozen." When it comes to black soldiers, movie makers find ingenious ways of leaving black women out! This trend even touched "A Soldier's Story." I'm sure just as many and more IR happened with white soldiers, but guess what? Those are rarely-if-ever put front and center, if they even get shown at all, in hero movies with majority white casts.
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