Hollywood's War with Poland, 1939-1945 (Google eBook)

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University Press of Kentucky, Jan 8, 2010 - History - 290 pages
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During World War II, Hollywood studios supported the war effort by making patriotic movies designed to raise the nationŐs morale. They often portrayed the combatants in very simple terms: Americans and their allies were heroes, and everyone else was a villain. Norway, France, Czechoslovakia, and England were all good because they had been invaded or victimized by Nazi Germany. Poland, however, was represented in a negative light in numerous movies. In HollywoodŐs War with Poland, 1939-1945, M. B. B. Biskupski draws on a close study of prewar and wartime films such as To Be or Not to Be (1942), In Our Time (1944), and None Shall Escape (1944). He researched memoirs, letters, diaries, and memoranda written by screenwriters, directors, studio heads, and actors to explore the negative portrayal of Poland during World War II. Biskupski also examines the political climate that influenced Hollywood films.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Polish Presence in American Cinema before 1939
11
2 Poland in the Second World War
45
3 Radical Hollywood and Poland
57
4 The Roosevelt Administration and Film during the War
67
The Polish Films
83
Fleeting Ambiguous or Omitted
119
Photo insert
169
7 Hollywood and the American Poles during the War
185
8 Why Hollywood Was at War with the Poles
1
Conclusion
29
Notes
31
Bibliography
331
Index
345
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About the author (2010)

M. B. B. Biskupski, Stanislaus A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish History at Central Connecticut State University, is the author of many publications, including The Polish Diaspora, Heart of the Nation.

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