The concept of “un-Americanism,” so vital to the HUAC crusade of the 1940s and 1950s, was resoundingly revived in the emotional rhetoric that followed the September 11th terrorist attacks. Today’s political and cultural climate makes it more crucial than ever to come to terms with the consequences of this earlier period of repression and with the contested claims of Americanism that it generated.
“Un-American” Hollywood reopens the intense critical debate on the blacklist era and on the aesthetic and political work of the Hollywood Left. In a series of fresh case studies focusing on contexts of production and reception, the contributors offer exciting and original perspectives on the role of progressive politics within a capitalist media industry.
Original essays scrutinize the work of individual practitioners, such as Robert Rossen, Joseph Losey, Jules Dassin, and Edward Dmytryk, and examine key films, including The Robe, Christ in Concrete, The House I Live In, The Lawless, The Naked City, The Prowler, Body and Soul, and FTA.
|Publisher:||Rutgers University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
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Table of Contents
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Christian? The Strange History of The Robe as Political Allegory Jeff Smith 19
Un-American: Dmytryk, Rossellini, and Christ in Concrete Erica Sheen 39
"A Living Part of the Class Struggle": Diego Rivera's The Flower Carrier and the Hollywood Left Frank Krutnik 51
A Monarch for the Millions: Jewish Filmmakers, Social Commentary, and the Postwar Cycle of Boxing Films Peter Stanfield 79
The Violent Poetry of the Times: The Politics of History in Daniel Mainwaring and Joseph Losey's The Lawless Doug Dibbern 97
Dark Passages: Jazz and Civil Liberty in the Postwar Crime Film Sean McCann 113
Documentary Realism and the Postwar Left Will Straw 130
Cloaked in Compromise: Jules Dassin's "Naked" City Rebecca Prime 142
The Progressive Producer in the Studio System: Adrian Scott at RKO, 1943-1947 Jennifer Langdon-Teclaw 152
The House I Live In: Albert Maltz and the Fight against Anti-Semitism Art Simon 169
Red Hollywood in Transition: The Case of Robert Rossen Brian Neve 184
Swashbuckling, Sapphire, and Salt: Un-American Contributions to TV Costume Adventure Series in the 1950s Steve Neale 198
Hollywood, the New Left, and FTA Mark Shiel 210
Red Hollywood Thom Andersen 225
Afterword Thom Andersen 264
Notes on the Contributors 337