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Censorship and Holocaust Film in the Hollywood Studio System


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Censorship and Holocaust Film in the Hollywood Studio System

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dc.contributor.author Halbgewachs, Nancy Copeland
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-01T18:08:55Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-01T18:08:55Z
dc.date.issued 2012-02-01
dc.date.submitted December 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/17476
dc.description.abstract Following the end of World War II in 1945 to 1969, Hollywood films remained silent about the extermination camps, the sites of the murders and incineration of European Jews by Nazi Germany that came to be known as the Holocaust. The Hollywood studio system produced very few Holocaust motion pictures before 1980. This research provides evidence from the files of the Hays Commission in the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to support the hypothesis that censorship was a major social cause of this silence. The correspondence between members of the Hays Commission, the business offices of the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America in New York City, and the studios for selected motion pictures produced between 1930 and 1969 demonstrates that censorship was a major factor that prevented Hollywood from producing films and foreign films from appearing in theaters. Once the studio system collapsed and with it The Production Code Administration, films about the Holocaust and the genocide of the Jewish people suddenly appeared in the United States. The archival records of the Hays Commission in the Margaret Herrick Library demonstrate the way films about the Holocaust were delayed by the censorship organization established by the Hollywood studio system. This hypothesis fills an important gap in knowledge about holocaust films as well as offering an important case study in organizational politics and its impact on an important aspect of culture. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Holocaust en_US
dc.subject censorship en_US
dc.subject motion pictures en_US
dc.subject Hollywood en_US
dc.subject Production Code en_US
dc.subject Will Hays en_US
dc.subject Jews en_US
dc.subject Final Solution en_US
dc.subject MPPDA en_US
dc.subject MPPA en_US
dc.subject Paramount Case en_US
dc.subject Hays Code en_US
dc.subject PCA en_US
dc.subject Joe Breen en_US
dc.subject Legion of Decency en_US
dc.subject Hays Commission
dc.subject.lcsh Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in motion pictures
dc.subject.lcsh Motion pictures--Censorship--United States--History--20th century
dc.subject.lcsh Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America
dc.title Censorship and Holocaust Film in the Hollywood Studio System en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Sociology en_US
dc.description.advisor Huaco, George
dc.description.committee-member Coughlin, Richard
dc.description.committee-member Tiano, Susan
dc.description.committee-member Stone, James D.

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