An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War

An Army of Phantoms American Movies and the Making of the Cold War An Army of Phantoms is a major new work of history and film criticism from the highly regarded critic J Hoberman Here he applies the same dynamic synergy of American politics and American popular cult

  • Title: An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War
  • Author: J. Hoberman
  • ISBN: 9781595587275
  • Page: 304
  • Format: ebook
  • An Army of Phantoms is a major new work of history and film criticism from the highly regarded critic J Hoberman Here he applies the same dynamic synergy of American politics and American popular culture to the Cold WarOCOs first decade that he brought to the 1960s in the critically acclaimed The Dream Life The years between 1946 and 1956 brought U.S dominance over An Army of Phantoms is a major new work of history and film criticism from the highly regarded critic J Hoberman Here he applies the same dynamic synergy of American politics and American popular culture to the Cold WarOCOs first decade that he brought to the 1960s in the critically acclaimed The Dream Life The years between 1946 and 1956 brought U.S dominance over Europe and a new war in Asia, as well as the birth of the civil rights movement and the stirrings of a new youth culture The period saw the movie industry purged of its political left while the rise of ideological action hero John Wayne came to dominate theaters Analyzing movies and media events, Hoberman has organized a pageant of cavalry Westerns, apocalyptic sci fi flicks, and biblical spectaculars wherein Cecil B DeMille rubs shoulders with Douglas MacArthur, atomic tests are shown on live TV, God talks on the radio, and Joe McCarthy is bracketed with Marilyn Monroe Here is a history of film that is also, to paraphrase Jean Luc Godard, about the film of history Essential reading for film and history buffs, An Army of Phantoms recasts a crucial era in the light of the silver screen.

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    1. You can judge a book by its cover—usually, anyway. From the windblown hair and open collars of the male models who appear on Harlequin romances, to the block text and cartoonishly space-suited figures on Baen Books' military SF, to the pastel landscapes and sober serif typefaces of the serious contemporary novel, publishers work very hard to ensure that the intended audience for a book can find it and figure out what it's about very quickly.An Army of Phantoms has a great cover, or at least a [...]

    2. Hoberman is an insightful writer on film and here he tackles the ambitious project of recounting a decade of post-war history while merging it with the Hollywood history of the same time. Fascinating if you're interested in the time period (as I am), with interesting juxtapositions between when movies were made or released and what was going on in the outside world.

    3. a thoroughly researched and engaging read that oscillates between history and film criticism, documenting hollywood's political dynamics on and off the screen from the end of wwii and into the immediate postwar years. hoberman deftly navigates the political landscape during a time when the united states was repositioning itself from an ally to an enemy of the soviet union, and documents the lives and works of homegrown communists and fellow travelers who were thrown under the mccarthyist bus. th [...]

    4. Hoberman runs circles around other film historians. Such a well-researched and crafted book. He quotes from movie reviews, tells stories from interviews & FBI files. Shows an attention to detail that is unparalleled. Instead of merely mirroring what is going on politically, the movies become representational/formative forces in their own right. They explain values and justify American policies, becoming the dream life of the American mind. No one but Hoberman could have written such an exqui [...]

    5. Film historian J. Hoberman examines the rapid shift from wartime Allied cooperation movies to Cold War, anti-Communist policy on film and in the HUAC investigations--as America confronted nuclear anxiety in the form of giant mutant ants (THEM!), juvenile delinquents, smutty comic books, suburban communist spies, aliens, North Korean brainwashing and atheism with all of the cinematic weapons at their disposal, including Biblical epics, thinly veiled Westerns with unreconstructed Confederates, sci [...]

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