Secrets and lies

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:
Secrets and lies

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This chapter explores why and how the Hollywood Cold War deviance in the 1950s had developed a sharper edge by the mid-1970s. It specifically addresses Peter Davis' Vietnam documentary Hearts and Minds and Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor. ‘New Hollywood’ played in the generational shift within the film industry. Hearts and Minds is at once starkly frank yet indirect in its propagandistic approach. It exhibits the degree to which the American intervention was driven by a long-standing, nationwide anti-Asian racism. It is considered today as a masterpiece of political documentary filmmaking, and is widely regarded as the definitive American documentary about the war in Vietnam. Three Days of the Condor contains all the trademark features of the 1970s ‘paranoid’ movie. Its political vision had its limits. Neither these two could be described as anti-capitalist, still less pro-communist.

Keywords: Peter Davis; Hearts and Minds; Sydney Pollack; Three Days of the Condor; New Hollywood; Cold War; film industry; American documentary; Vietnam

Chapter.  14065 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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