Hollywood Enlists!: Propaganda Films of World War II by Ralph DonaldFrequently referred to as the Greatest Generation, Americans of the World War II era were influenced by Hollywoods depictions of their nation, its role in world affairs, and the virtue of its involvement in the war. Stories of the bravery and heroism of the American military--as well as the moral and political threat posed by the enemy--filled movie screens across the country to garner passionate support for wartime policies. In Hollywood Enlists! Propaganda Films of World War II, Ralph Donald explores how the studios supported the war effort and helped shape the attitudes of an entire generation. Through films the studios appealed to the publics sense of nationalism, demonized the enemy, and stressed that wartime sacrifices would result in triumph. The author contends that American films of the period used sophisticated, but often overlooked, strategies of propaganda to ideologically unite the country. While these strategies have long been associated with political speeches and writings during the war, little in-depth consideration has been given to their use in the eras cinema. By examining major motion pictures--including Casablanca, The Flying Tigers, Mrs. Miniver, Sergeant York, They Were Expendable, and many others--Donald illustrates how various propaganda techniques aligned the nations entertainment with government aims. Hollywood Enlists! will appeal to readers with interests in war films and motion picture history, as well as politics and social history.
List of Allied propaganda films of World War II
While researching this, we found that there was a time period when movies were incredibly feared due to the Hypodermic Needle Theory which stated that the content of movies would be completely injected into the minds of viewers, with no personal filters or ability for the viewer to think for himself. Hays strived to reinstitute morality into the reputation of the movie industry, mainly through the Motion Picture Production Code in Through the Supreme Court case Film Corporation v. Industrial Commission of Ohio, movies were judged to be a business and not an art, giving it no protection under the First Amendment. As a result, the Production Code was a self-regulating measure to keep the government from trying to shut it down. With the Production Code, we can see the ways in which the government was using its back hand to indirectly control the content that was released. It was during WWII when it would start working directly with Hollywood to send a very specific image about the war into the public.
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All rights reserved. - During World War II and immediately after it, in addition to the many private films created to help the war effort, many Allied countries had governmental or semi-governmental agencies commission propaganda and training films for home and foreign consumption. Animated films are not included here.
Hyemin Koo. The Films. Olympia 1. In World War II, some measures were taken and atrocities committed which we today have difficulty comprehending. Through what argument could Hitler lead millions of people into believing themselves to be the "master-race"? What enabled Stalin to dictate over the biggest country in the world? How could have so many people, of both the allied and axis powers, been convinced into participating in such irrational and frenzied mass killing?
World War two was the war that sent men overseas and sent women to the factories of America to work the jobs men left behind. It seemed that every American wanted to contribute to the war. Men were willing to fight, women were willing to work, war bonds were being purchased left and right, people were even more than happy to ration food. So, the question is how did the United States get what seemed like every American citizen to contribute to the war effort in one way or another? The answer is propaganda and a lot of it. Propaganda is information of a biased or misleading nature used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.