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Hollywood Left and Right : How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics

By: Ross, Steven J.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, 2011Description: 1 online resource (513 p.).ISBN: 9780199720484.Subject(s): Motion picture actors and actresses -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Motion picture industry -- United States -- Influence | Motion picture producers and directors -- Political activity -- United States -- History -- 20th century | United States -- Politics and government -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Hollywood Left and Right : How Movie Stars Shaped American PoliticsDDC classification: 322.0973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; INTRODUCTION: MOVIE STARS AND POLITICS; 1 THE FIRST POLITICAL MOVIE STAR: CHARLIE CHAPLIN; 2 THE MAN WHO BROUGHT HOLLYWOOD INTO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY: LOUIS B. MAYER; 3 LITTLE CAESAR AND THE HUAC MOB: EDWARD G. ROBINSON; 4 HOLLYWOOD AND THE CONSERVATIVE REVOLUTION: GEORGE MURPHY AND RONALD REAGAN; 5 POLITICS IN BLACK AND WHITE: HARRY BELAFONTE; 6 MOVEMENT LEADER, GRASSROOTS BUILDER: JANE FONDA; 7 MOSES AND THE RED TIDE: CHARLTON HESTON; 8 PRESIDENT BULWORTH, OR, WILL MR. BEATTY GO TO WASHINGTON? WARREN BEATTY
9 GOVERNOR ARNOLD AND THE AGE OF CELEBRITY POLITICS: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGEREPILOGUE; Notes; Index
Summary: In Hollywood Left and Right, Steven J. Ross tells a story that has escaped public attention: the emergence of Hollywood as a vital center of political life and the important role that movie stars have played in shaping the course of American politics. Ever since the film industry relocated to Hollywood early in the twentieth century, it has had an outsized influence on American politics. Through compelling larger-than-life figures in American cinema--Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Edward G. Robinson, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, Harry Belafonte, Jane Fonda, Charlton Heston, Warren Beatty, a
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Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; INTRODUCTION: MOVIE STARS AND POLITICS; 1 THE FIRST POLITICAL MOVIE STAR: CHARLIE CHAPLIN; 2 THE MAN WHO BROUGHT HOLLYWOOD INTO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY: LOUIS B. MAYER; 3 LITTLE CAESAR AND THE HUAC MOB: EDWARD G. ROBINSON; 4 HOLLYWOOD AND THE CONSERVATIVE REVOLUTION: GEORGE MURPHY AND RONALD REAGAN; 5 POLITICS IN BLACK AND WHITE: HARRY BELAFONTE; 6 MOVEMENT LEADER, GRASSROOTS BUILDER: JANE FONDA; 7 MOSES AND THE RED TIDE: CHARLTON HESTON; 8 PRESIDENT BULWORTH, OR, WILL MR. BEATTY GO TO WASHINGTON? WARREN BEATTY

9 GOVERNOR ARNOLD AND THE AGE OF CELEBRITY POLITICS: ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGEREPILOGUE; Notes; Index

In Hollywood Left and Right, Steven J. Ross tells a story that has escaped public attention: the emergence of Hollywood as a vital center of political life and the important role that movie stars have played in shaping the course of American politics. Ever since the film industry relocated to Hollywood early in the twentieth century, it has had an outsized influence on American politics. Through compelling larger-than-life figures in American cinema--Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Edward G. Robinson, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, Harry Belafonte, Jane Fonda, Charlton Heston, Warren Beatty, a

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Library Journal Review

Ross (history, Univ. of Southern California; Working-Class Hollywood) reveals the wide-ranging and lasting influence of Hollywood stars and producers on American politics. He profiles ten celebrities-five on the left (Charlie Chaplin, Edward G. Robinson, Harry Belafonte, Jane Fonda, and Warren Beatty) and five on the right (Louis B. Mayer, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, Charlton Heston, and Arnold Schwarzenegger)-who devoted themselves to political activism, sometimes at great risk to their careers. Ross situates the personal stories of his subjects within the greater cultural and political landscape, exploring the motivations that drove each of them and measuring the effectiveness of their efforts. Determining that Hollywood conservatives have been more successful at shaping the political direction of the country than those on the left because of their ability to package and sell the simple but appealing story of America as the greatest nation in the world, Ross nonetheless credits the film stars on the left for championing vital issues like anti-Nazism, civil rights, women's rights, antiwar efforts, and economic justice. VERDICT Well written, entertaining, and enlightening, this is highly recommended, especially for film buffs interested in the intersection of politics and culture. [Although the author used the Tamiment Library collections, where this reviewer works, the two never met or communicated.-Ed.]-Donna L. Davey, New York Univ. Lib. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Although academic critics regularly impose their own political readings on Hollywood films, this extensively researched volume takes the more direct approach of showing how Hollywood figures use their power as actors and celebrities to push forward political agendas. Ross, an award-winning film historian, studies Hollywood politics "through the prism of ten people," from Charlie Chaplin, whose financial independence allowed him a measure of political freedom in making films, to Louis B. Mayer, who used his studio power to promote Republican causes in extraordinary ways, to Edward G. Robinson, whose political persecution is less well-known than that of the blacklisted "Hollywood ten." Ross combines the story of George Murphy with the better-known trajectory of Ronald Reagan, and adds to what is known and understood about Harry Belafonte, Jane Fonda, Charlton Heston, Warren Beatty, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The book claims an old-fashioned, objective point of view, with much more description than ideological critique; here politics means what Democrats and Republicans think it means, and no theoretical authorities are invoked to make one think otherwise. That said, this is a major, illuminating, unparalleled treatment of 20th-century politics in Hollywood that no reader should miss. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. S. C. Dillon Bates College

Author notes provided by Syndetics

An eminent historian of film, Steven J. Ross is recipient of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Films Scholars Award and author of the prize-winning book, Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America.

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