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Celluloid Mushroom Clouds: Hollywood and Atomic Bomb Hollywood and the Atomic Bomb (Paperback)

Author:  Joyce A. Evans
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0813391415
ISBN-13: 9780813391410
Sku: 39854872
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  224
Age Range:  NA
Scholar Joyce Evans investigates Hollywoods imagery of atomic technology portrayed in films produced between 1947 and 1964, such as THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, DR. STRANGELOVE, THE THING, and others. The study illustrates how cinematic texts are constructed and produced as a result of often contradictory demands. Includes a timeline of key events and over 90 Cold War era films. *Author: Evans, Joyce A. *Binding Type: Paperback *Number of Pages: 224 *Publication Date: 1999/04/09 *Language: English *Dimensions: 9.02 x 6.46 x 0.54 inches
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Celluloid Mushroom Clouds is a historical account of how the movie industry responded to specific economic and political forces over the postwar years. Joyce Evans investigates the transformation of the imagery associated with atomic technology found in Hollywood film produced and distributed between 1947 and 1964. Incorporating qualitative and quantitative research methods, over 90 films are analyzed in terms of their historical context and the context of film production and distribution.The industry-focused approach presented in the book views cultural production as a material process unfolding under specific economic, political, and cultural conditions and emphasizes the “pressures and limits” of production that are inscribed in cinematic texts. The study illustrates in concrete detail how the cinematic texts negotiated by audiences are produced in highly concentrated industries and are constructed as a result of often contradictory determinants. These determinants work to shape the texts produced by encouraging, for example, the production of particular genres and by privileging a specific set of images over others. Evans argues that through these images, Hollywood articulated a limited critique of the Cold War ideology, which it also helped to create. She concludes that Hollywood’s overall ideological effect has been to restrict the discursive means available for defining social reality.


Los Angeles Times Book Review
"[It] offers powerful evidence of how quickly the Hollywood branch office of the popular culture business tamed the bomb--and the act of bombing--creating a genre that scholars could analyze just as they might juvenile delinquency or beach blanket bingo teen films. Evans certainly has done her work exhaustively, not to say exhaustingly...." - Tom Engelhardt 08/09/1998

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0224
Product attributePublisher:   Westview Press
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