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Reconstructing American Historical CinemaFrom Cimarron to Citizen Kane$
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J.E. Smyth

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124063

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124063.001.0001

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War in the Roaring Twenties, 1932–1939

War in the Roaring Twenties, 1932–1939

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Reconstructing American Historical Cinema

J.E. Smyth

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the historical films produced in the U.S. during the period from 1932 to 1939 about World War 1. During this period, Hollywood's depictions of the war, the impoverishment of the war hero and national decline revealed the frustrating barriers between the American cinema's struggle for historical prestige and the antagonism of censors and critics. Examples of these films include I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang, Gold Diggers and The Roaring Twenties.

Keywords:   historical films, U.S., World War 1, war hero, film censors, film critics, God Diggers, The Roaring Twenties

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