Hollywood's War with Poland, 1939-1945
During World War II, Hollywood studios supported the war effort by making patriotic movies designed to raise the nationÕs 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 HollywoodÕs 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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This is a groundbreaking book that is infallibly documented and masterfully written. This is a vital first step toward demystifying the impetus behind the radically inaccurate perception of the Polish character held by the general public in American society.