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[ecrea] Hollywood's Blacklists - new from Edinburgh University Press

Mon Sep 15 17:51:45 GMT 2008

I'd like to draw your attention to a new book by Reynold Humphries, published by Edinburgh University Press. Please forward this message to anyone who may be interested.

Hollywood's Blacklists: A Political and Cultural History
by Reynold Humphries

'Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?'

That question was to be repeated endlessly during the anti-Communist investigations carried out by the House Committee on un-American Activities (HUAC) in the early 1950s. The refusal of ten members of the film industry to answer the question in 1947 led to the decision by studio bosses to fire them and never to hire known Communists in the future. The Hearings led to scores of actors, writers and directors being named as Communists or sympathisers. All were blacklisted and fired.

Hollywood?s Blacklists is a history of the political and cultural factors relevant to understanding the why and the how of the various investigations of the alleged Communist infiltration of Hollywood. What was HUAC? What propaganda role did films play during World War II and the Cold War? What values were at stake in the confrontation between Left and Right that saw the former so resoundingly defeated and expelled from Hollywood? Answers to these and other questions are offered via analyses of the motives of the various players and of the tactics deployed by HUAC to reward collaboration and punish dissent.

Key themes include:
The Cold War and concomitant hostility to all dissidence
The consequences for Hollywood: the collapse of the liberal-Communist consensus; naming names; exile for many and the use of ?fronts? by blacklisted writers. Anti-Semitism and Nazism, Hollywood anti-Nazi propaganda films and the patriotic war effort
Trade unionism in Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s

Reynold Humphries is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Lille III

September 2008
Hb 978 0 78462455 3


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