Hollywood's War with Poland, 1939-1945

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Hollywood's War with Poland, 1939-1945

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During World War II, Hollywood studios supported the war effort by making patriotic movies designed to raise the nation's morale. These movies often portrayed the combatants in very simple terms: Americans and their allies were heroes, and everyone else was a villain. Norway, France, Czechoslovakia, and England were all good because they had been invaded or victimized by Nazi Germany. Poland, however, was represented in a negative light in numerous movies. This book draws on a close study of prewar and wartime films such as To Be or Not to Be (1942), In Our Time (1944), and None Shall Escape (1944). For the book, memoirs, letters, diaries, and memoranda written by screenwriters, directors, studio heads, and actors were researched to explore the negative portrayal of Poland during World War II. The book also examines the political climate that influenced Hollywood films.

Publication Date

2009

Publisher

The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY

ISBN

978-0-8131-2559-6

eISBN

978-0-8131-7352-8 (pdf version)

eISBN

978-0-8131-3932-6 (epub version)

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125596.001.0001

Keywords

World War II, Patriotic movies, Nazi Germany, Poland, Hollywood, Prewar films, War films

Disciplines

Film and Media Studies | Mass Communication

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