Radical Hollywood by Paul Buhle
The Untold Story Behind America's Favorite Movies

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Radical Hollywood is the first comprehensive history of the Hollywood Left. From the dawn of sound movies to the early 1950s, Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner trace the political and personal lives of the screenwriters, actors, directors, and producers on the Left and the often decisive impact of their work upon American film’s Golden Age.

Full of rich anecdotes, biographical detail, and explorations of movies well known, unjustly forgotten, and delightfully bizarre, the book is “an intelligent, well argued and absorbing examination of how politics and art can make startling and often strange bedfellows” (Publishers Weekly). Featuring an insert of rare film stills, Radical Hollywood relates the story behind the story of films in such genres as crime, women’s films, family cinema, war, animation, and, particularly, film noir.


About Paul Buhle

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Paul Buhle is a lecturer in the American civilization department at Brown University.
Published May 1, 2002 by New Press, The. 460 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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and the Judeo-Christian tradition offers only “reaffirmation of the social order.” Anachronistic modern-day lingo applied to historical figures (for example, the description of Depression-era screenwriter John Bright's wife, Josefina Fierro, as “the leading Chicana of the Left”) compromises overa...

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A few producers, including Goldwyn - especially for The North Star , made at the wartime height of US-government requested pro-Soviet propaganda.

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