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Projections of War: Hollywood, American Culture, and World War II / Edition 2

Projections of War: Hollywood, American Culture, and World War II / Edition 2

by Thomas Doherty
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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231116350
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 09/02/1999
Series: Film and Culture Series
Edition description: revised and updated edition
Pages: 381
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 6.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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 Cinéaste.

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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Thorough, thoughtful, sophisticated, and technically well-informed. This is the best book on this fascinating subject.

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