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Hollywood’s War with Poland 1939–1945$
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M.B.B. Biskupski

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125596

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125596.001.0001

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Why Hollywood Was at War with the Poles

Why Hollywood Was at War with the Poles

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Hollywood’s War with Poland 1939–1945

M. B. B. Biskupski

University Press of Kentucky

Hollywood's version of World War II was a combination of the left-wing, pro-Soviet political sympathies of many of its leading figures and the preference of the U.S. government to present a depiction of the war that supported its policy predilections. The screenwriters and directors of the films in which Poland is portrayed, most unfavorably, are a virtual gallery of the activist radical left. They were members of the Communist Party. The left dominated Hollywood depictions of the war. Director André de Toth, himself a prominent leftist, noted that in the war era “Hollywoodites went berserk. For a long while the stamp of ‘fascist’ was a death warrant and ‘communist’ was the badge of honor.” By comparison, the political right in Hollywood was a handful of the isolated and disgruntled, and the middle and left were ineffective in creating a community apart from party influence.

Keywords:   Hollywood, war, left-wing, Poland, radical left, Communist Party, André de Toth, political right

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