By J. Hoberman
Publish 12 months note: First released December twenty eighth 2010
An military of Phantoms is an immense new paintings of background and movie feedback from the extremely popular critic J. Hoberman. the following he applies a similar dynamic synergy of yank politics and American pop culture to the chilly War’s first decade that he dropped at the Sixties within the seriously acclaimed The Dream Life.
The years among 1946 and 1956 introduced U.S. dominance over Europe and a brand new conflict in Asia, in addition to the delivery of the civil rights circulation and the stirrings of a brand new formative years tradition. The interval observed the motion picture purged of its political left whereas the increase of ideological motion hero John Wayne got here to dominate theaters. reading video clips and media occasions, Hoberman has prepared a festival of cavalry Westerns, apocalyptic sci-fi flicks, and biblical spectaculars in which Cecil B. DeMille rubs shoulders with Douglas MacArthur, atomic exams are proven on dwell television, God talks at the radio, and Joe McCarthy is bracketed with Marilyn Monroe. here's a historical past of movie that also is, to paraphrase Jean-Luc Godard, concerning the movie of history.
Essential studying for movie and background buffs, An military of Phantoms recasts a vital period within the gentle of the silver screen.
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An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the Cold War by J. Hoberman