Hollywood Enlists!: Propaganda Films Of World War Ii by Ralph DonaldHollywood Enlists!: Propaganda Films Of World War Ii by Ralph Donald

Hollywood Enlists!: Propaganda Films Of World War Ii

byRalph Donald

Hardcover | March 8, 2017

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Frequently referred to as "the Greatest Generation," Americans of the World War II era were influenced by Hollywood's depictions of their nation, its role in world affairs, and the virtue of its involvement in the war. Stories of the bravery and heroism of the American military-as well as the moral and political threat posed by the enemy-filled movie screens across the country to garner passionate support for wartime policies.In Hollywood Enlists! Propaganda Films of World War II, Ralph Donald explores how the studios supported the war effort and helped shape the attitudes of an entire generation. Through films the studios appealed to the public's sense of nationalism, demonized the enemy, and stressed that wartime sacrifices would result in triumph. The author contends that American films of the period used sophisticated, but often overlooked, strategies of propaganda to ideologically unite the country. While these strategies have long been associated with political speeches and writings during the war, little in-depth consideration has been given to their use in the era's cinema.By examining major motion pictures-including Casablanca, The Flying Tigers, Mrs. Miniver, Sergeant York, They Were Expendable, and many others-Donald illustrates how various propaganda techniques aligned the nation's entertainment with government aims. Hollywood Enlists! will appeal to readers with interests in war films and motion picture history, as well as politics and social history.
Ralph Donald is professor emeritus of mass communications at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he taught broadcasting, journalism, and film for 40 years. With his wife, Karen MacDonald, he is the coauthor of Reel Men at War: Masculinity and the American War Film (Scarecrow Press, 2011) and Women in War Films: From Helpl...
Title:Hollywood Enlists!: Propaganda Films Of World War IiFormat:HardcoverDimensions:274 pages, 9.38 × 6.28 × 0.88 inPublished:March 8, 2017Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Propaganda by definition is the use of mass media to call an audience to action. Although it has an evil connotation, it's also been used to educate and motivate target groups about important causes. Between 1941 and 1945, Hollywood produced hundreds of films intended to unify the country for the war effort. In addition to feature films, movie studios turned out training footage, newsreels, and fundraisers. Focusing on the feature films, Donald uses the five appeals of propaganda (guild, satanism, illusion of victory, biblical, territorial) to analyze and categorize more than 50 of these movies. The author lists the tenets for each appeal and then uses examples from these movies. The author lists the tenets for each appeal and then uses examples from these movies as illustrations. For example, Donald uses the plot and dialogue from Casablanca to demonstrate how guilt motivates Humphrey Bogart's character, Rick Blaine. Movie buffs will love the detailed references, but others may be more inclined to sample the entries. Of particular interest is the annotated list of analyzed films, which includes plot summaries, film information, and propaganda appeals. This is a handy volume for film collections.