Why Hollywood Was at War with the Poles

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:
Why Hollywood Was at War with the Poles

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Hollywood's version of World War II was a combination of the left-wing, pro-Soviet political sympathies of many of its leading figures and the preference of the U.S. government to present a depiction of the war that supported its policy predilections. The screenwriters and directors of the films in which Poland is portrayed, most unfavorably, are a virtual gallery of the activist radical left. They were members of the Communist Party. The left dominated Hollywood depictions of the war. Director André de Toth, himself a prominent leftist, noted that in the war era “Hollywoodites went berserk. For a long while the stamp of ‘fascist’ was a death warrant and ‘communist’ was the badge of honor.” By comparison, the political right in Hollywood was a handful of the isolated and disgruntled, and the middle and left were ineffective in creating a community apart from party influence.

Keywords: Hollywood; war; left-wing; Poland; radical left; Communist Party; André de Toth; political right

Chapter.  10634 words. 

Subjects: Film

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