The Politics and Mythology of Film Art: Polonsky’s Noir Era

Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner

in A Very Dangerous Citizen

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223837
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936928 | DOI:
The Politics and Mythology of Film Art: Polonsky’s Noir Era

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Polosky's artistic success was possible because of a broader development in a key sector of American cinema. The superior quality of the films made by serious and political-minded artists during the period before the blacklist has often been attributed to the filmmakers' awareness that time was running out. Certainly, the moment of artistic freedom to which director William Wyler famously attributed the possibility of making The Best Years of Our Lives was brief. The movie-making machine began slipping into the hands of East Coast financiers who would dictate the terms of studio survival. But this valuable insight overlooked the long quest of studio workers who wanted to shake free of the studio's control and produce their own films.

Keywords: Polonsky; film; director; produce; movie-making

Chapter.  17785 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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