Red Star over Hollywood: The Film Colony's Long Romance with the Left

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Until now, Hollywood's political history has been dominated by a steady stream of films and memoirs decrying the nightmare of the Red Scare. But Ronald and Allis Radosh show that the real drama of that era lay in the story of the movie stars, directors and especially screenwriters who joined the Communist Party or traveled in its orbit, and made the Party the focus of their political and social lives. The authors' most controversial discovery is that during the investigations of the House Committee on ...
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Overview


Until now, Hollywood's political history has been dominated by a steady stream of films and memoirs decrying the nightmare of the Red Scare. But Ronald and Allis Radosh show that the real drama of that era lay in the story of the movie stars, directors and especially screenwriters who joined the Communist Party or traveled in its orbit, and made the Party the focus of their political and social lives. The authors' most controversial discovery is that during the investigations of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, the Hollywood Reds themselves were beset by doubts and disagreements about their disloyalty to America, and their own treatment by the Communist Party. Abandoned by their old CP allies, they faced the Blacklist alone.
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What People Are Saying

Richard Schickel
"Red Star Over Hollywood is a cool, objective, well-researched and highly readable study of the effects the HUAC hearings and the subsequent blacklist in movie industry in the 1940s and 50s. Unlike many previous studies of this era, it clearly shows that America's Stalinists were as complicit in that tragedy as the American right wing was. One closes the book with feelings of anger and compassion for everyone who was caught up in one of the darkest times of recent history."
Tom Wolfe
The poignant myth of the Hollywood Blacklist-of the brave and unflinching Lillian Hellman, the persecuted Hollywood Ten, the contemptible rat Elia Kazan--will not survive this book. In Red Star Over Hollywood Ronald and Allis Radosh give us a sobering, straightforward, scrupulously researched account of the Communist Party's actual goal and role in the movie industry in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. Hollywood's Communists, it turns out, were not mere "liberals in a hurry."
author of I am Charlotte Simmons
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893554962
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 309
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The romance begins 1
Ch. 2 The Hollywood party 21
Ch. 3 The popular front : 1935-1939 37
Ch. 4 The Nazi-Soviet pact and its aftermath 61
Ch. 5 "A great historic mistake" 93
Ch. 6 The Cold War begins in Hollywood 109
Ch. 7 Crackdown : the case of Albert Maltz 123
Ch. 8 HUAC goes to Hollywood 137
Ch. 9 HUAC returns 163
Ch. 10 The struggle of Dalton Trumbo 207
App The blacklist on film
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