An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the by J. Hoberman

By J. Hoberman

Publish yr note: First released December twenty eighth 2010

An military of Phantoms is a tremendous new paintings of historical past and picture feedback from the very hot critic J. Hoberman. the following he applies an identical dynamic synergy of yank politics and American pop culture to the chilly War’s first decade that he delivered to the Nineteen 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 start of the civil rights circulate and the stirrings of a brand new early life 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. examining video clips and media occasions, Hoberman has equipped 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 reside 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, in regards to the movie of history.

Essential studying for movie and heritage buffs, An military of Phantoms recasts a vital period within the mild of the silver reveal.

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Rand spends the first few weeks of 1946 interviewing Mr. and Mrs. D. Nichols. ” February 5, 1946, two days before Paramount puts OSS into production and nearly a month into a steelworkers strike that will be the largest in history, Washington Post columnist Drew Pearson—acting on information furnished by J. Edgar Hoover—breaks the story of the Ottawa spy ring. Four days later, as if on cue, Stalin declares that war between Communism and capitalism is inevitable. Within a month, Winston Churchill makes his “Iron Curtain” speech in St.

Employee Vincent Sherman. It was in the aftermath of the strike that the Lab—which screened two spiritlift ing antifascist classics, The North Star and The Seventh Cross, during the October tumult—became publicly identified as a source of subversive agitation. In late October, the AFL intervened to temporarily settle the strike. Fritz Lang took charge of Cloak and Dagger, bringing in Comrade Ring Lardner Jr. to rewrite a script already labored over by three writers; soon after, Milton Sperling 22 AN ARMY OF PHANTOMS hired Comrade Albert Maltz, who had turned down an earlier offer to work on the movie.

An actor playing Charles Ross. ” The presidential voice is calm, steady, and almost stentorian—in no way resembling the actual Truman’s flat, nasal delivery. Ross is overcome with emotion: “Thank God we’ve got the Bomb and not the Japanese. ” His boss doesn’t deny it. The Bomb, Truman points out, will shorten the war by a year. He’s also given some thought to the Japanese targets. ” Then he reiterates that the Bomb will save half a million Americans (as well as Britons and Russians and even Japanese).

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