An Army of Phantoms: American Movies and the Making of the by J. Hoberman

By J. Hoberman

Publish 12 months note: First released December twenty eighth 2010

An military of Phantoms is an important new paintings of historical past and movie feedback from the very hot critic J. Hoberman. the following he applies an analogous dynamic synergy of yank politics and American pop culture to the chilly War’s first decade that he delivered to the Nineteen Sixties within the significantly acclaimed The Dream Life.

The years among 1946 and 1956 introduced U.S. dominance over Europe and a brand new struggle in Asia, in addition to the delivery of the civil rights stream and the stirrings of a brand new early life tradition. The interval observed the motion picture purged of its political left whereas the increase of ideological motion hero John Wayne got here to dominate theaters. reading video clips and media occasions, Hoberman has geared up a festival of cavalry Westerns, apocalyptic sci-fi flicks, and biblical spectaculars in which Cecil B. DeMille rubs shoulders with Douglas MacArthur, atomic assessments are proven on dwell television, God talks at the radio, and Joe McCarthy is bracketed with Marilyn Monroe. here's a historical past of movie that also is, to paraphrase Jean-Luc Godard, in regards to the movie of history.

Essential studying for movie and heritage buffs, An military of Phantoms recasts a vital period within the mild of the silver monitor.

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National Insecurity reigns. Science fiction is real. A new age dawned and on its very first morning, Carter T. —hastened to register an atomic bomb title on behalf of MGM. Forty-eight hours later, the day after Nagasaki was destroyed, Barron telephoned the War Department’s press office. Twentieth Century-Fox had already managed to slip a topical, if anachronistic, reference to something called Process 97 (“the secret ingredient of the atomic bomb”) into their spy fi lm The House on 92nd Street before it wrapped in late August.

Whoever you are. My name is J. Robert Oppenheimer. I’m an American scientist working in the year of Our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-six. I’m addressing you people of the twenty-fift h century in English, now, and I hope in your time, one of the leading languages of the world. . The people of my era unleashed the power which for all we know will destroy human life on this earth. . We know the beginning.

Nor did Bohnen’s politics duplicate those of the president. 3. Stressing speedy victory and saved lives, the movie repeats Truman’s public statement of August 9, 1945; the claim that Japa nese targets were showered with leaflets is original. 30 AN ARMY OF PHANTOMS While the New York Times deemed the switch incidental to a request for a revision of the Truman sequence, Bohnen thought otherwise. ” Bohnen further suggested that Truman play himself. 4 The rest of the cast was clean—although a half-dozen years later Robert Walker played a Communist spy in My Son John, and if not the security threat that the real J.

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