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Projections of War : Hollywood, American Culture, and World War II

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Thomas Doherty reveals how and why Hollywood marshaled its artistic resources on behalf of the war effort and interprets the cultural meanings and enduring legacies of the motion picture record of the war years. He explains the social, political, and economic forces that created such genre classics as Mrs. Miniver, as well as comedies, musicals, newsreels, documentaries, cartoons, and army training films. He examines the Hollywood Production Code, government propaganda films, the portrayal of women and minorities in films of the period, and Hollywood's role in World War I and Vietnam. This revised edition includes new sections exploring the recent resurgence of interest in World War II films, including Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line. Thomas Doherty reveals how and why Hollywood marshaled its artistic resources on behalf of the war effort and interprets the cultural meanings and enduring legacies of the motion picture record of the war years. He explains the social, political, and economic forces that created such genre classics as Mrs. Miniver, as well as comedies, musicals, newsreels, documentaries, cartoons, and army training films.
He examines the Hollywood Production Code, government propaganda films, the portrayal of women and minorities in films of the period, and Hollywood's role in World War I and Vietnam. This revised edition includes new sections exploring the recent resurgence of interest in World War II films, including Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 381 pages
  • 165 x 221 x 22.35mm | 512.56g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • revised and updated edition
  • 0231116357
  • 9780231116350
  • 1,887,277

Table of contents

1. Hollywood's War 2. Leni Riefenstahl's Contribution to the American War Effort 3. Production Codes 4. Government Work 5. Genre Work 6. Properly Directed Hatred 7. Women Without Men 8. Keep 'Em Laughing 9. The Negro Soldier 10. The Real War 11. Legacies
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A wide-ranging, lively study which combines close readings of various key films with discussions of genre, ethnicity, and beauracracy... [A] vivid blend of polemic and social history. Times Literary Supplement This is a model social history of war movies-both a penetrating examination of Hollywood at war and a bracing argument about the effects of the war on the nature of Hollywood entertainment. Kirkus Reviews
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About Thomas Doherty

Thomas Doherty is associate professor of the American Studies Department and chair of the Film Studies Program at Brandeis University. He is author of Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema, 1930-1934 (Columbia, 1999) and Teenagers and Teenpics: The Juvenilizatzion of American Movies in the 1950s, and is associate editor of the film journal Cineaste.
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