By Tony Shaw
At a second whilst American movie displays a deepening preoccupation with the Bush administration's battle on Terror, this authoritative and well timed publication bargains the 1st complete account of Hollywood's propaganda function in the course of the defining ideological clash of the 20 th century: the chilly battle. In an research of movies courting from America's first crimson Scare within the wake of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution to the cave in of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Tony Shaw examines the advanced courting among filmmakers, censors, politicians, and executive propagandists. video clips, Shaw demonstrates, have been on the middle of the chilly War's conflict for hearts and minds. Hollywood's comedies, love tales, musicals, thrillers, documentaries, and technological know-how fiction shockers performed a serious twin position: at the one hand instructing thousands of american citizens why communism represented the best hazard their state had ever confronted, and at the different promoting America's liberal-capitalist rules worldwide. Drawing on declassified executive records, studio records, and filmmakers' deepest papers, Shaw unearths the several ways that cinematic propaganda was once produced, disseminated, and acquired by way of audiences through the chilly warfare. within the method, he addresses topics as different as women's models, McCarthyism, drug smuggling, Christianity, and American cultural international relations in India. an individual trying to comprehend wartime propaganda this day will locate outstanding modern resonance in his conclusions approximately Hollywood's versatility and tool.
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