Celluloid Mushroom Clouds: Hollywood And Atomic Bomb (Critical Studies in Communication and in the Cultural Industries)

Celluloid Mushroom Clouds: Hollywood And Atomic Bomb (Critical Studies in Communication and in the Cultural Industries)


Celluloid Mushroom Clouds is a historic account of the way the motion picture replied to precise financial and political forces over the postwar years. Joyce Evans investigates the transformation of the imagery linked to atomic expertise present in Hollywood movie produced and dispensed among 1947 and 1964. Incorporating qualitative and quantitative learn tools, over ninety motion pictures are analyzed by way of their ancient context and the context of movie creation and distribution.The industry-focused procedure offered within the publication perspectives cultural construction as a cloth method unfolding lower than particular fiscal, political, and cultural stipulations and emphasizes the “pressures and bounds” of construction which are inscribed in cinematic texts. The learn illustrates in concrete aspect how the cinematic texts negotiated through audiences are produced in hugely targeted industries and are built due to usually contradictory determinants. those determinants paintings to form the texts produced by way of encouraging, for instance, the creation of specific genres and by means of privileging a selected set of pictures over others. Evans argues that via those pictures, Hollywood articulated a constrained critique of the chilly struggle ideology, which it additionally helped to create. She concludes that Hollywood’s total ideological impression has been to limit the discursive potential to be had for outlining social reality.

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