Celluloid Mushroom Clouds is a historical account of how the movie industry responded to specific economic and political forces over the postwar years. Joyce Evans investigates the transformation of the imagery associated with atomic technology found in Hollywood films produced and distributed between 1947 and 1964. Incorporating qualitative and quantitative research methods, over 90 are analyzed in terms of their historical context and the context of film production and distribution.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Hollywood After the Bomb, 1946–1953 -- MGM and the Cold War -- Experimentation with Atomic Themes -- Hollywood Science Fiction, 1954–1959 -- Radiation-Produced Monsters -- Alien Invaders and Atomic Espionage -- Postnuclear Scenarios -- The Nuclear Future, 1960–1964 -- Questioning Authority -- From Mutually Assured Destruction to Mutant Ninja Turtles -- Appendix