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Author Dibbern, Doug, author

Title Hollywood riots : violent crowds and progressive politics in American film / Doug Dibbern
Published London ; New York : I.B. Tauris, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 205 pages) : illustrations
Series Cinema and society series
International library of the moving image ; 20
Cinema and society.
International library of the moving image ; 20
Contents Violent crowds on American screens: reporters, racism, and riots -- Independent filmmaking and the disintigration of the popular front -- The politics of the news -- Mob violence in Los Angeles and the United States -- Nostalgia for the Popular Front in The lawless -- Cy Endfield's radical despair: The underworld story and The sound of fury -- Racial harmony and The well -- Conclusion: cyclical decay: shifting independence and the decline of progressive filmmaking in the 1950s
Summary The large literature about the politics of Hollywood in the period of McCarthy and the blacklist has largely overlooked political filmmaking during those agitated years. "Hollywood Riots" examines the most vibrant cycle of independently produced political films made while House Committee on Un-American Activities was investigating communists in the film industry. In doing so, it shifts the focus from the politics of Washington to the politics of Los Angeles and from the films of the Hollywood Ten to the more politically complex films of the progressive community at large. Dibbern shows how the movies produced by progressives at the end of the 1950s, including "The Lawless", "The Sound of Fury", "The Underworld", were the logical cinematic parallel to their political and journalistic advocacy fighting the conservative newspapers. In these films they were recasting political events from California's recent past as politically-engaged narratives that were inflected with their own fears of persecution. "Hollywood Riots" re-views the work of notable directors like Joseph Losey and Cy Endfield, as well as introducing unheralded political screenwriters and directors such as Daniel Mainwaring, Jo Pagano, and Leo C. Popkin.--Publisher website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-196) and index
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Subject Motion pictures -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Motion pictures -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Politics in motion pictures.
Socialism and motion pictures -- United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0857729918 (electronic bk.)
9780857729910 (electronic bk.)