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A Divided World: Hollywood Cinema and Emigre Directors in by Nick Smedley

By Nick Smedley

The New Deal brought sweeping social, political, and cultural switch around the usa, which Hollywood embraced enthusiastically. Then, while the heady idealism of the Thirties used to be changed by means of the paranoia of the postwar years, Hollywood turned a simple aim for the anticommunists. A Divided global examines the various vital courses of the hot Deal and the following reaction of the movie community—especially when it comes to social welfare, women’s rights, and overseas affairs. The ebook additionally offers an research of the key works of 3 eu directors—Billy Wilder, Ernst Lubitsch, and Fritz Lang—compared and contrasted with the goods of mainstream Hollywood. this can be a new interpretation of an influential interval in American movie historical past and it truly is bound to generate extra debate and scholarship.

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And Mary R. Beard, America in Midpassage ( Lo ndon, 1939) and Margaret Mead, American Character {Harmondsworth, NY, 1944) {repr inted in expanded form as And Keep your Powder Dry: an Anthropologist Looks at 1l~e American Character (New York, 1965 )). Hartshorne, Distorted Image, 135-149, has an excellent analysis of this classic. 1940s Americ"n dilemma. Chambers, ' The. , 1950), 307- 8. She goes o n to record her own anxieties about Hollywood$ 'democratic responsibilities, in the coming years of increasing autocracy- see 308-332.

Edn, Minneapolis, 1981); Morton G. White, Social 11wugirt in America: the Revolt Against Formalism (New York, 1949) is also usefLLi. s series of lectures at University College London. The lite rature. on the New Deal is im pressive in s ize and scope. Ire Coming of tire New Deal (Boston, Mass. 1958) and Politics of Upireava / (Boston, Mass. 1960) (collectively known as 71ze Age of Roosevelt); William E. Leuchtenburg, Frank/iu D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, /932 - 1940 (New York, 1963); and RobertS.

L7. Ln New J\1asses; quoted in Richard H. Pells. Radical Visions and American Dremns: Culture and Social11wuglrt in the Depressio11 Years ( New York, 1973), 52. 18. Hearn, '"flte American Dream in the Great Depression, 59-80. See also R. S. Lynd and He le n Merrell Lynd. Middletown in Transition (New York. 1937). whose survey of an Ame rican mid-\'\1este rn town found that unde rlying attitudes towards the American capitalist syste m remained largely unc hanged by the Depressio n. Pells, Radical Visions and American Dreluns, 292-329, also concludes that the radical c hange of the first years of the New Deal lapsed into conservatism after 1935.

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