Racism, anti-Semitism, and corruption are not just problems that plagued our nation in the 1950s—they are issues that Hollywood addressed in some of its best work of the era. Coming during the relatively stable period following WWII, these political films had the luxury of tackling domestic social problems after the industry spent years focused on supporting the war effort. But filmmakers with controversial political viewpoints needed to tread lightly in this time of HUAC, Joseph McCarthy, and the emerging Soviet threat. Join us to discuss and see clips from such films as Crossfire (1947) and On the Waterfront (1954) and learn about the factors surrounding the translation of individual social consciousness into mainstream entertainment.
Instructor: Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Senior Director of Education, BMFI
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