By J. Hoberman
Publish yr note: First released December twenty eighth 2010
An military of Phantoms is an enormous new paintings of heritage and picture feedback from the very hot critic J. Hoberman. right here he applies an identical dynamic synergy of yank politics and American pop culture to the chilly War’s first decade that he dropped at the Sixties within the significantly 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 move and the stirrings of a brand new adolescence 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. interpreting videos and media occasions, Hoberman has prepared a competition 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, concerning the movie of history.
Essential analyzing for movie and historical past buffs, An military of Phantoms recasts an important period within the gentle of the silver screen.
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