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Hollywood and the Holocaust

Henry Gonshak 1958- author.


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  • Title:
    Hollywood and the Holocaust
  • Author: Henry Gonshak 1958- author.
  • Description: Introduction: Can Hollywood get it right? -- The little tramp battles Hitler: The great dictator -- Actors versus Nazis: to be or not to be -- Hollywood fights World War II: Hitler's madman; Hitler's children; tomorrow, the world! -- Hollywood discovers the Holocaust: The diary of Anne Frank -- Hollywood judges the Germans: Judgment at Nuremberg -- Hollywood's Holocaust survivor: The pawnbroker -- The Holocaust on the horizon: Cabaret -- Hollywood Holocaust thrillers: The Odessa file, Marathon man, The boys from Brazil -- The Holocaust's non-Jewish victims: Sophie's choice -- Choiceless choice: Enemies, a love story and triumph of the spirit -- Spielberg reinvents the Holocaust: Schindler's list -- Moral ambiguity in the Holocaust: Mother night and The grey zone -- White lies: Life is beautiful and Jakob the liar -- The Nazis' successors: Apt pupil -- Mutant Holocaust survivors, or the anti-American sin of pessimism: X-men -- Kids befriending kids in the Holocaust: The boy in the striped pajamas -- Shagging Nazis and other post-war German adventures: The reader -- No sheep to the slaughter: Defiance -- Cartoon Jewish revenge: Inglourious basterds -- Conclusion: Where do we go from here?
    "The Holocaust has been the focus of countless films in the United States, Great Britain, and Europe, and its treatment over the years has been the subject of considerable controversy. When finally permitted to portray the atrocities, filmmakers struggled with issues of fidelity to historical fact, depictions of graphic violence, and how to approach the complexities of the human condition on all sides of this horrific event. In Hollywood and the Holocaust, Henry Gonshak explores portrayals of the Holocaust from the World War II era to the present. In chapters devoted to films ranging from The Great Dictator to Inglourious Basterds, this volume looks at how these films have shaped perceptions of the Shoah. The author also questions if Hollywood, given its commercialism, is capable of conveying the Holocaust in ways that do justice to its historical trauma. Through a careful consideration of over twenty-five films across genres--including Life Is Beautiful, Cabaret, The Reader, The Boys from Brazil, and Schindler's List--this book provides an important look at the social, political, and cultural contexts in which these movies were produced. By also engaging with the critical responses to these films and their role in the public's ongoing fascination with the Holocaust, this book suggests that viewers take a closer look at how such films depict this dark period in world history. Hollywood and the Holocaust will be of interest to cultural critics, historians, and anyone interested in the cinema's ability to render these tragic events on screen."--Publisher's description
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  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Format: x, 357 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • Identifier: ISBN 9781442252233;ISBN 1442252235
  • Subjects: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in motion pictures; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Influence; Motion pictures -- United States -- History -- 20th century; Motion pictures -- United States -- History -- 21st century; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) in motion pictures; Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.); Motion pictures; Judenvernichtung; Judenvernichtung Motiv; Nationalsozialismus Motiv; Nationalsozialist Motiv; United States; Los Angeles- Hollywood; Bibel Philemonbrief; 1900-2099; History; History
  • Language: English
  • Source: 01DAL UDM ALMA

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