Originally published in 1994, this important book traces the rise of film propaganda in the 20th Century, discussing specifically how film can be used to manipulate public perception and opinions. Two distinct areas are covered: war propaganda, including feature and documentary films regarding warfare; and civilian propaganda, including films that address a variety of political subjects. Although the focus is American film and American politics, this book offers insights for all those interested in the affect of film on the minds of citizens of any country or state.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Political Importance of Film Propaganda in the Twentieth Century Part 1: The Story of Film Propaganda 2. The Interwar Years 3. Wartime Documentary Films 4. The Postwar Agenda Part 2: Film Propaganda in the American Political Process 5. Campaign Propaganda: Visualising the Candidate 6. The Expansion of the State 7. Independent Documentaries. Conclusion. Selected Bibliography. Selected Filmography