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The Iron Curtain, 1948- Film Propaganda and American Politics

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  1. Introduction
  2. The Iron Curtain, 1948
  3. Film Propaganda and American Politics
  4. Analysis
  5. Conclusion

The 1940s marked the purge of Anti-communists films within the American Film industry. The cold war affected the America in nearly all its facets whether cultural or political. Subsequent to President Winston Churchill announcing the fall of the iron curtain that divided the Soviet Union from its satellite European non-communist states, enmity and suspicion intensified between America and the Soviet Union (Landon, Films of the Cold War: 1948-1990). At the center of heightened political and ideological tension between the two countries was the film industry in America. Powerful, influential figures, both political and public noted that the film in America had a way with influencing the masses. The American film industry was a convenient platform for the Soviet Union's communist party to spread and ingrain its ideologies to the American mass population indirectly through films. At this realization Hollywood became the target of intensive scrutiny to remove any bad fruit, that is directors, actors and script writers, spreading the gospel of communism in their films, and would in the eventuality infect the masses with their blemish of liaising with the ?Reds? (Landon, Films of the Cold War: 1948-1990).

To prove their utmost loyalty to the American political system and the free world, it was a requisite that studio houses and movie producers name and identify employees under their watch involved in suspicious activities or out rightly cooperating with Russian communists(Walsh, David.

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