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By J. Hoberman

Publish yr note: First released December twenty eighth 2010

An military of Phantoms is an enormous new paintings of historical past and picture feedback from the very popular critic J. Hoberman. the following he applies a similar dynamic synergy of yank politics and American pop culture to the chilly War’s first decade that he delivered to the Sixties within the seriously acclaimed The Dream Life.

The years among 1946 and 1956 introduced U.S. dominance over Europe and a brand new struggle in Asia, in addition to the start of the civil rights circulation and the stirrings of a brand new formative years tradition. The interval observed the motion picture purged of its political left whereas the increase of ideological motion hero John Wayne got here to dominate theaters. reading videos and media occasions, Hoberman has prepared a festival of cavalry Westerns, apocalyptic sci-fi flicks, and biblical spectaculars in which Cecil B. DeMille rubs shoulders with Douglas MacArthur, atomic assessments are proven on stay television, God talks at the radio, and Joe McCarthy is bracketed with Marilyn Monroe. here's a historical past of movie that also is, to paraphrase Jean-Luc Godard, concerning the movie of history.

Essential interpreting for movie and historical past buffs, An military of Phantoms recasts an important period within the gentle of the silver display.

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A. goes crazy. Moments after the news breaks (late afternoon, August 15), singing, snake-dancing revelers cram Hollywood Boulevard from Western Avenue to La Brea—“like a mob scene in a movie,” per the Los Angeles Times. The Canteen is besieged. The crowd celebrates until dawn. Trolleys are jerked from their wires; patriotic bunting is turned to confetti; street signs are torn down. Hospital emergency rooms are packed; eight people die in traffic accidents. Their missionary task accomplished, the studios close for the rest of the week—although the race is already on to herald the Bomb.

The Beginning or the End is an artifact and presents itself as such. The audience 4. In February 1948, Bohnen was subpoenaed by the California Senate Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities. According to the committee’s report, he “followed the same pattern set by [actress] Rose Hobart and evaded or refused to answer most questions. . ” In 1951, Bohnen was posthumously named by Lloyd Bridges (a former student at the Actors Lab) as having recruited him into the CP. ALIENS AMONG US: HOLLYWOOD, 1946– 47 31 must imagine being addressed by the shade of a long-dead man who was once the nation’s “most famous atomic scientist”: “How do you do .

Strikers showed up at the gates of Universal and Republic (both of which temporarily suspended production), RKO, Columbia, Technicolor, and Paramount, where renewed violence broke out on Van Ness Avenue at the side entrance to the studio lot. For the next two weeks, the picket lines were strengthened by union machinists from Lockheed Aircraft—“WAR WORKERS ANSWER WARNER TERROR,” per the Daily Worker—and the celebrity militants of the Hollywood left. Comrades John Howard Lawson, Robert Rossen, Lee J.

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