Chapter

Introduction

M. B. B. Biskupski

in Hollywood’s War with Poland 1939–1945

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125596
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135335 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125596.003.0001
Introduction

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The overall negative portrayal of Poland and the Poles by Hollywood was a combination of factors. These include, at base, the absence of a tradition of interest in Polish subjects in American culture as a whole and the insignificant presence of Poles in the United States and hence of Poland in the mental world of the American government and its people. However, if one considers just the war years and the motives of the studios, one discerns more specific factors. Chief among these is the powerful pro-Soviet disposition of many in Hollywood, especially the screenwriters, among whom membership of the Communist Party was quite common. In this book, Hollywood had a great many reasons for presenting Polish themes in the manner it did during World War II. If these dispositions have retained their resonance in American culture, however, it is because the images are what the public finds pleasing or at least verisimilar.

Keywords: Poland; Poles; Hollywood; American culture; Communist Party; Polish themes; World War II; United States

Chapter.  3556 words. 

Subjects: Film

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