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Hollywood As Mirror: Changing Views of "Outsiders" and "Enemies" in American Movies

Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
8/23/1993

Hollywood As Mirror: Changing Views of "Outsiders" and "Enemies" in American Movies Overview

Featuring the contributions of a number of prominent scholars who are conducting pioneering research into the connections between movies and history, Toplin shows how themes addressed in Hollywood films often reflect the interests, hopes, fears, and prejudices of the American people. The authors see movies as mirrors of important changes in American society. They trace significant transformations in popular opinion toward outsiders, particularly immigrants, ethnic groups, African-Americans, and women, and they observe the development of attitudes toward enemies, particularly fascists and communists abroad and subversives at home. Their essays demonstrate that movies can serve as valuable sources for sensing the changing pulse of American society.


Hollywood As Mirror: Changing Views of "Outsiders" and "Enemies" in American Movies Table Of Content

Introduction
1 Film as Politics/Film as Business: The Blaxploitation of the Plantation 1
2 A Popular Culture Prophecy: Black American Slavery in Film 19
3 Hollywood Views the Mexican-American: From The Greaser's Revenge to The Milagro Beanfield War 41
4 Them and Us: Immigration as Societal Barometer and Social Educator in American Film 53
5 Hollywood's Harlots, 1900-1930: Fallen Women and the American Dream Machine 75
6 The "Foreign Policy of Hollywood": Interventionist Sentiment in the American Film, 1938-1941 95
7 Hollywood and the Cold War, 1945-1961 117
8 Hollywood Laughs at the Cold War, 1947-1961 139
Selected Bibliography 157
Index 161
About the Editor and Contributors 167


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