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Demographic angst : cultural narratives and American films of the 1950s

Author: Alan Nadel
Publisher: New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Alan Nadel explores influential non-fiction books, magazine articles, and public documents to demonstrate how films such as Singin' in the Rain, On the Waterfront, Sunset Boulevard, Roman Holiday, North by Northwest, and Sayonara, negotiated anxieties over the changes impelled by postwar America's radically reconfigured population.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Nadel
ISBN: 9780813573052 081357305X 9780813565514 0813565510
OCLC Number: 1019652258
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: The character of post-World War II America --
Singin' in the (HUAC) rain: job security, stardom, and the abjection of Lena Lamont --
It's all about Eve --
"What starts like a scary tale...": the right to work On the waterfront --
"Life could not better be": disorganized labor, the little man and the court jester --
Citizens of the free world unite: international tourism and postwar identity in Roman holiday, Teahouse of the August moon, and Sayonara --
Expedient exaggeration and the scale of Cold War farce in North by northwest --
Defiant desegregation with no (liberal) way out --
"'I want to be in America': urban integration, Pan American friendship, and West Side story".
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Argues that mandated normativity - as a political agenda and a social ethic - precluded explicit expression of the anxiety produced by America's radically reconfigured postwar population. Alan Nadel  Read more...

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