Chapter

Negotiable dissent

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/9780748625239.003.0006
Negotiable dissent

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This chapter investigates The Day the Earth Stood Still, Storm Centre and On the Beach. Each stresses an issue that caused the US government considerable political discomfort, and which filmmakers would continue to probe throughout the Cold War. The Day the Earth Stood Still was the first ‘A’ treatment given to a science-fiction theme by a major studio. Storm Centre missed an opportunity to show that during the Red Scare anticommunists were often driven by ulterior motives — economic, personal and racial. On the Beach certainly developed a politically intriguing afterlife. Movies like The Day the Earth Stood Still, Storm Centre and On the Beach reveal the non-monolithic nature of the US state-film network, and prove that even during American Cold War cinema's most conservative phase, the US film industry was never officially straitjacketed in the way that Soviet cinema was.

Keywords: The Day the Earth Stood Still; Storm Centre; On the Beach; US government; Cold War; Red Scare; US film industry; filmmakers

Chapter.  14363 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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