Conscientious Objectors: Post-War Political Films
Instructor: Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Director of Education, BMFI
Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
Wednesday, October 17th, 2012
Wednesday, October 24th, 2012
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED.
Class is held at The Gershman Y
cost: $125; $100 for BMFI members
To register, please call BMFI directly at 610-527-4008 x106
Racism, anti-Semitism, corruption, and political oppression are not just problems that plagued our nation in the 1950s; they are issues that Hollywood addressed in some of its best work of the era. These political films, coming in the relatively comfortable period following World War II, had the luxury of once again taking on domestic social problems after the industry spent years focusing on the more immediate threats abroad. But filmmakers with controversial political viewpoints needed to tread lightly in this time of HUAC, Joseph McCarthy, and the emerging Soviet threat. This course examines such films as Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront and A Face in the Crowd and considers the factors surrounding the translation of individual social consciousness into mainstream entertainment.