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The collaboration : Hollywood's pact with Hitler

Author: Ben Urwand
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores "how Hollywood and especially the big studios went along with German demands to censor movies not only before but especially after the Nazi seizure of power"--Back of dust jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Adolf Hitler
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Urwand
ISBN: 9780674724747 0674724747
OCLC Number: 840460715
Description: 327 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Hitler's obsession with film --
Enter Hollywood --
"Good" --
"Bad" --
"Switched off" --
Switched on --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Ben Urwand.

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To continue doing business in Germany, Hollywood studios agreed not to make films attacking Nazis or condemning persecution of Jews. The author reveals this collaboration and the cast of characters  Read more...

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The book is a fascinating take on the shady politics of Hollywood and should be read by anyone interested in going behind the glamour of 1930s cinema.--Taylor Downing"History Today" (09/01/2014)

 
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