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Lewis MilestoneLife and Films$
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Harlow Robinson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813178332

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813178332.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
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(p.iii) Lewis Milestone
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Harlow Robinson

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813178332.003.0001

The introduction explores reasons for the relative scholarly neglect of Lewis Milestone and his films: his diverse body of work, his troubles during the Blacklist period, the serious nature of most of his films, his difficulty getting along with studio bosses, his distaste for the “star system,” changing Hollywood tastes. It provides an overview of his career, from the silent to the sound era, and his huge early success with All Quiet on the Western Front, which came to haunt him in later years. Milestone was drawn repeatedly to the theme of war, especially its impact on ordinary soldiers. Also discussed is how Milestone’s life embodies the “rag-to-riches” American dream of millions of immigrants.

Keywords:   American dream, Hollywood studio system, Oscars, War movies, Aaron Copland, Hollywood Blacklist, All Quiet on the Western Front

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