A Divided World: Hollywood Cinema and Emigré Directors in the Era of Roosevelt and Hitler, 1933-1948

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Intellect Books, 2011 - Art - 277 pages
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The New Deal introduced sweeping social, political, and cultural change across the United States, which Hollywood embraced enthusiastically. Then, when the heady idealism of the 1930s was replaced by the paranoia of the postwar years, Hollywood became an easy target for the anticommunists. A Divided World examines some of the important programs of the New Deal and the subsequent response of the film community—especially in relation to social welfare, women’s rights, and international affairs. The book also provides an analysis of the major works of three European directors—Billy Wilder, Ernst Lubitsch, and Fritz Lang—compared and contrasted with the products of mainstream Hollywood. This is a new interpretation of an influential period in American film history and it is sure to generate further debate and scholarship.

 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Once Upon a Time in America American Society and Culture 19331948
17
The Keeper of the Flame Hollywood and the Cinema of Liberal Idealism
45
Trouble in Paradise Hollywood Films and American Social Change
67
The Devil is a Woman Hollywood Films and the American Woman
137
Hollywood and International Affairs
195
Conclusion
245
Bibliography
249
Index
269
Back Cover
281
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About the author (2011)

Nick Smedley is a lecturer in film history at London University.

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