Reelpolitik II: Political Ideologies in '50s and '60s Films

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2004 - 331 páginas
Reelpolitik II moves past typical left-right political distinctions to examine political ideologies cycling through U.S. history during the '50s and '60s. These eight Cold War movies especially equipped the moviegoer with a unique vantage point to scrutinize the arms race, the Red Scare, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. They also helped audiences to observe the way film functions as a purveyor of American mythology, a megaphone to shout political messages, a metaphorical route to the emotions, a flattering mirror, an unflattering microscope, and a magic carpet ride back to the future. Visit our website for sample chapters!
 

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Introduction A Tale of Two Cities Parameters the Language of Politics
1
Populism in The Last Hurrah
9
Elitism in Advise and Consent
41
Fascism in A Face in the Crowd
79
Antifascism in Seven Days in May
111
Interventionism in The Green Berets
143
Isolationism in The Steel Helmet
177
Cold War Hawkism in The Manchurian Candidate
205
Cold War Dovism in Dr Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
241
Conclusion Myth Megaphone Metaphor Mirror Microscope and Magic Carpet
283
Ideological Filmography
299
Selected Bibliography
303
Index
311
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Beverly Merrill Kelley is full professor and founder of the communication department at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.

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