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Author Hoberman, J.
Title An army of phantoms : American movies and the making of the Cold War / J. Hoberman.
Published New York : The New Press : Distributed by Perseus Distribution, 2011.
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 Floor4  PN1995.9.P6 H62 2011    IN LIBRARY
  
Description xxi, 383 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [341]-366) and index.
Contents Pt. 1. Aliens among us : Hollywood, 1946-47 -- pt. 2. Fighting for the ministry of truth, justice, and the American way, 1948-50 -- pt. 3. Redskin menace from outer space : America at war, 1950-52 -- pt. 4. The PaxAmericanArama : Eisenhower power, 1953-55 -- pt. 5. Searchin' : America on the road, 1955-56.
Summary An Army of Phantoms- a major new work of film history and cultural criticism from J. Hoberman, one of the foremost film critics writing todayĆ¹addresses the dynamic synergy of American politics and American popular culture during the Cold War's first decade. Heralded by a mushroom cloud over Hiroshima, the years between 1946 and 1956 brought an explosion of affluence and anxiety. Along with U.S. dominance over Europe and a new war in Asia came the birth of the civil rights movement and the first stirrings of a new youth culture. The period saw the movie industry purged of its political left at the same time as the ideological action hero John Wayne reached the peak of his career. Analyzing Hollywood's cavalry Westerns, apocalyptic sci-fi flicks, and biblical spectaculars, along with media events, congressional hearings and political campaigns, and drawing on FBI files and studio records, Hoberman has orchestrated a colorful, sometimes surreal pageant wherein Cecil B. DeMille rubs shoulders with Douglas MacArthur, atomic tests are shown on live TV, God talks on the radio, and Joe McCarthy is bracketed with Marilyn Monroe. Essential reading for film and history buffs, An Army of Phantoms expands on the analysis of the 1960's found in Hoberman's critically acclaimed The Dream Life and offers a lively and astute history of film that is also, to paraphrase Jean-Luc Godard, about the film of history. --Book Jacket.
Subject Motion pictures -- Political aspects -- United States.
Motion pictures -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Cold War in motion pictures.
Communism and motion pictures -- United States.
ISBN 9781595580054 hardback
1595580050 hardback
9781595588333
1595588337
OCLC number 505420495