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Author Smith, Jeff, 1962 December 17-

Title Film Criticism, the Cold War, and the Blacklist : Reading the Hollywood Reds
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2014
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Contents Cover; FILM CRITICISM, THE COLD WAR, AND THE BLACKLIST; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations; List of Tables; Acknowledgments; Introduction: What More Can Be Said about the Hollywood Blacklist?; 1. A Bifocal View of Hollywood during the Blacklist Period: Film as Propaganda and Allegory; 2. I Was a Communist for RKO: Hollywood Anti-Communism and the Problem of Representing Political Beliefs; 3. Reds and Blacks: Representing Race in Anti-Communist Films; 4. Stoolies, Cheese-Eaters, and Tie Sellers: Genre, Allegory, and the HUAC Informer
5. The Cross and the Sickle: Allegorical Representations of the Blacklist in Historical Films6. Roaming the Plains along the "New Frontier": The Western as Allegory of the Blacklist and the Cold War; 7. Loving the Alien: Science Fiction Cinema as Cold War Allegory; Conclusion: Old Wounds and the Texas Sharpshooter; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary Film Criticism, the Cold War, and the Blacklist examines the long-term reception of several key American films released during the postwar period, focusing on the two main critical lenses used in the interpretation of these films: propaganda and allegory. Produced in response to the hearings held by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) that resulted in the Hollywood blacklist, these films' ideological message and rhetorical effectiveness was often muddled by the inherent difficulties in dramatizing villains defined by their thoughts and belief systems rather than their a
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Blacklisting of entertainers -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Cold War in motion pictures.
Communism and motion pictures -- United States.
Motion pictures -- Political aspects -- United States.
Motion pictures -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
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