This title is intended for undergraduates and lecturers in American Studies, History, Politics, and Film, Media and Communication Studies.It illuminates the intriguing collaboration between Hollywood and the US Government in the production of propaganda.American filmmakers are deeply involved in the War on Terror. This authoritative and timely book offers the first comprehensive account of Hollywood's propaganda role during the defining ideological conflict of the twentieth century: the Cold War. In an analysis of films dating from America's first Red Scare in the wake of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution to the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Tony Shaw examines the complex relationship between filmmakers, censors, politicians and government propagandists.Drawing on declassified government documents, studio archives and filmmakers' private papers, Shaw reveals the different ways in which cinematic propaganda was produced, disseminated, and received by audiences during the Cold War. In the process, he blends subjects as diverse as women's fashions, McCarthyism, drug smuggling, Christianity, and American cultural diplomacy in India. His conclusions about Hollywood's versatility and power have a contemporary resonance which will interest anyone wishing to understand wartime propaganda today.This title is the first comprehensive account of Hollywood's role during the Cold War. It is a new interrogation of the collaboration between filmmakers and government in the production of propaganda. The use of primary documentation and new archival research make this book unique.
Hollywood's Cold War
Edinburgh University Press