American Propaganda Films

in Capturing the German Eye

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780226301693
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226301716 | DOI:
American Propaganda Films

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This chapter describes the Hollywood films as American propaganda. Hollywood films became a tool of anti-Soviet propaganda. The evolution of the American film program reflects the existence of political and ideological tensions within and between the Office of Military Government U.S. (OMGUS) and the Civil Affairs Division (CAD). The ability of film to intertwine fantasy and fact without losing the ring of authenticity made it an ideal medium for political propaganda. British nonfiction films had a strong impact on American political life. Documentary films made for export ignored the political problems besetting the United States at the time. Todesmühlen (“Mills of Death”) was the first OMGUS documentary made specifically for Germany. It shows the rapid shift in American policy in Germany. The Brotherhood of Man was a part of a political education campaign to lessen racial animosity in the American labor movement. This also showed how ideological preconceptions shaped American foreign policy.

Keywords: Hollywood films; American propaganda; American foreign policy; Office of Military Government U.S; Civil Affairs Division; political propaganda; Mills of Death; The Brotherhood of Man; United States; Germany

Chapter.  10935 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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