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Author Doherty, Thomas Patrick.
Title Hollywood and Hitler 1933-1939 / Thomas Doherty.
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2013]
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 Floor4  PN1995.9.N36 D65 2013    IN LIBRARY
Description ix, 429 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Content Type text
Format volume
Series Film and culture
Film and culture.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue: Judenfilm! -- Hollywood-Berlin-Hollywood. "The Hitler anti-Jew thing" ; The Aryanization of American imports ; The Aryanization of Hollywood's payroll -- Hitler, a "blah show subject". The disappearance of Jews qua Jews ; The unmaking of "The mad dog of Europe ; "What about the Jews, Your Excellency?" : Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr.'s "Hitler's reign of terror" (1934) ; The story of a Hollywood girl in Naziland : "I was a captive of Nazi Germany" (1936) -- The Nazis in the newsreels. "The Swastika man" ; "Naziganda" -- The Hollywood anti-Nazi League. "Unheil Hitler!" ; The politics of celebrity -- Mussolini Jr. goes Hollywood -- The Spanish Civil War in Hollywood. "Censored pap!" : Walter Wanger's "Blockade" (1938) ; Loyalist Red screen propaganda -- Foreign imports. "German tongue talkers" ; Anti-Nazism in the arty theaters ; "Nazi scrammers" -- "The blight of radical propaganda". Trouble from Rome over "Idiot's delight" (1939) ; Trouble from Berlin over "The road back" (1937) ; Trouble from Washington with the Dies Committee -- Inside Nazi Germany with the "March of time" -- "Grim reaper material". History unreels ; "The present persecutions in Germany" -- There is no room for Leni Riefenstahl in Hollywood -- "The only studio with any guts". The Warner Bros. patriotic shorts ; The activist moguls ; "The picture that calls a swastika a swastika!" : "Confessions of a Nazi spy" (1939) -- Hollywood goes to war -- Epilogue: The motion picture memory of Nazism.
Summary The abundance of WWII-era documentaries and the huge cache of archival footage that has emerged since 1945 make it seem as if cinematic images of the Nazis were always as vivid and plentiful as they are today. Yet between 1933 and 1939, representations of the Nazis and the full meaning of Nazism came slowly to Hollywood, growing more distinct and ominous only as the decade wore on. Recapturing what ordinary Americans saw on the screen during the emerging Nazi threat, Thomas Doherty reclaims forgotten films, such as 'Hitler's Reign of Terror' (1934), a pioneering anti-Nazi docu-drama by Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr.; 'I Was a Captive of Nazi Germany' (1936), a sensational true tale of 'a Hollywood girl in Naziland!'; and 'Professor Mamlock' (1938), an anti-Nazi film made by German refugees living in the Soviet Union. Doherty also recounts how the disproportionately Jewish backgrounds of the executives of the studios and the workers on the payroll shaded reactions to what was never simply a business decision.
Subject National socialism and motion pictures.
Motion picture industry -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Motion pictures -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Motion picture industry -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Motion pictures -- Political aspects -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Motion pictures in propaganda -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Motion pictures, American -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Motion pictures, German -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Nazis in motion pictures.
Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945.
ISBN 0231163924 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780231163927 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780231535144 (ebook)
0231535147 (ebook)
Standard # 40022474970
OCLC number 824087982