Chapter

Introduction

Tony Shaw

in Hollywood's Cold War

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780748625239
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670918 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625239.003.0001
Introduction

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This book reviews Hollywood's treatment of the Cold War throughout the whole conflict. It examines how the political economy of American cinema influenced the content and distribution of Cold War movies, and why filmmakers focused on certain Cold War issues at the expense of others. The link between Hollywood's Cold War coverage and the US political establishment's views on the conflict is considered. It also describes the impact of Hollywood films on the public's perceptions of the Cold War in the United States and elsewhere. Most importantly, it summarises Hollywood's part in the longest of all international cinematic propaganda wars to date. Each chapter in this book delves deeply into the mechanics of cinematic propaganda production and the modus operandi of the state-film network. It is noted that American film industry has a unique contribution to the cultural Cold War.

Keywords: political economy; American cinema; Hollywood; Cold War; movies; filmmakers; United States; cinematic propaganda; state-film network; American film industry

Chapter.  3431 words. 

Subjects: Film

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