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Un-American Hollywood

Politics and Film in the Blacklist Era



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Un-American Hollywood: Politics and Film in the Blacklist Era
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The concept of "un-Americanism", so vital to the HUAC crusade of the 1940s and 1950s, was resoundingly revived in the emotional rhetoric that followed the September 11th terrorist attacks. Today's political and cultural climate makes it more crucial than ever to come to terms with the consequences of this earlier period of repression and with the contested claims of Americanism that it generated."Un-American" Hollywood reopens the intense critical debate on the blacklist era and on the aesthetic and political work of the Hollywood Left. In a series of fresh case studies focusing on contexts of production and reception, the contributors offer exciting and original perspectives on the role of progressive politics within a capitalist media industry.Original essays scrutinize the work of individual practitioners, such as Robert Rossen, Joseph Losey, Jules Dassin, and Edward Dmytryk, and examine key films, including "The Robe", "Christ in Concrete", "The House I Live In", "The Lawless", "The Naked City", "The Prowler", "Body and Soul", and "FTA".

Author Biography

Frank Krutnik teaches film at Sussex University. Steve Neale is a professor of film studies at Exeter University. Brian Neve is a senior lecturer in politics at the University of Bath. Peter Stanfield is a reader in film studies at the University of Kent.
Release date Australia
February 15th, 2008
Edited by Brian Neve Edited by Frank Krutnik Edited by Peter Stanfield Edited by Steve Neale
Country of Publication
United States
34 b&w illustrations
Rutgers University Press
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