Dark Victory

in Nixon at the Movies

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780226239682
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226239705 | DOI:
Dark Victory

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This book takes a new and often revelatory approach to look at Richard Nixon's Hollywood career. This book relates in this unusual and unusually absorbing book, Nixon and the movies have shared a long and complex history. The book sees aspects of Nixon's character, and the nation's, refracted and reimagined in film from the obvious (All the President's Men) to the less so (Elvis Presley movies and Nixon's relationship to 1960s youth culture) to several onscreen “alternate” Nixons (Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity, Tony Curtis in The Sweet Smell of Success, Gene Hackman in The Conversation). Conversely, the book argues that Nixon can help to see the movies in a new light, making a strong case for Nixon as the movies' tutelary deity during the early 1970s, playing a role in Hollywood's Silver Age comparable to FDR's during its Golden Age.

Keywords: Richard Nixon; youth culture; All the President's Men; The Sweet Smell of Success; Hollywood's Silver Age

Chapter.  12473 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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