Hollywood

Hidden Hollywood: Gloria Swanson’s Wedding Night

by Robert J. Avrech Between 1919 and 1921, Gloria Swanson starred in a series of wildly popular films for director Cecile B. De Mille in which the iconography of Hollywood glamour was formally codified. The titles of these films carry the whiff of scandal and decadence: Don’t Change Your Husband [Read More]

Heroes

The Ten Greatest War Movies

by Robert J. Avrech Movies about war are ideally suited to the kinetic energy of motion pictures. The eternal themes of love, courage and loyalty are given full range in the theater of war. Readers will immediately notice the absence of silent films and movies from Hollywood’s golden age. Yes, [Read More]

Hollywood

When Ingrid Bergman Rebelled Against Ingrid Bergman

by Robert J. Avrech So powerful are Hollywood movies as propaganda that America has never achieved victory in war without Hollywood’s support. When Hollywood turns against America at war, defeat is assured. Witness Vietnam, the first casualty of Hollywood’s ideological wrath. The Jane Fonda, Jon Voight vehicle “Coming Home” (1978) [Read More]