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Projections of War: Hollywood, American Culture, and World War II (Film and Culture)
Thomas Doherty reveals how and why Hollywood marshaled its artistic resources on behalf of the war effort and interprets the cultural meanings and enduring legacies of the motion picture record of the war years. He explains the social, political, and economic forces that created such genre classics as Mrs. Miniver, as well as comedies, musicals, newsreels, documentaries, ...more
Paperback, 381 pages
Published September 2nd 1999 by Columbia University Press
(first published December 1st 1993)
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An excellent look at the films Hollywood made during the war years, the relationship of Hollywood to the war department, as well as the context leading up to World War II, and the legacy that period of time left for future films of the 20th century and beyond. I recommend this book to students of military history, media, and where the two fields intersect.
Very insightful book about WWII era films, particularly about the war. A couple of passing references to post-war science fiction suggests the author was out of his depth there, but it doesn't take away from the bulk of the material where he's on solid footing.