- Language: English
- Published: November 2012
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IMAGES OF WOMEN ON THE HOME FRONT. Edition No. 1
- Published: March 2009
- Region: Global
- 84 Pages
- VDM Publishing House
Six months after the Japanese attack on Pearl
Harbor—in June of 1942—President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt formed the Office of War Information by
Executive Order, ostensibly to educate the American
public on war activity. That same month, OWI
developed the Government Information Manual for the
Motion Picture Industry. The fifth “theme” of this
moviemaking guide was “The Home Front.” Here, in a
bifurcated study, the author draws on Manual
directives and relevant contributions from major
Hollywood sources to determine whether “propaganda”
charges are upheld in the film products themselves.
Films analyzed are Selznick's quintessential Since
You Went Away (1944) starring Claudette Colbert,
Tender Comrade (1943) with Ginger Rogers, and Pin Up
Girl (1944) starring Betty Grable. For fans of
classical Hollywood, as well as those wanting a
closer look at historical issues of propaganda and
collectivism, this book provides an entertaining yet
provocative behind-the-scenes analysis of a country
at war—showing how the U.S. federal government and
Hollywood collaborated in creating very specific film
images of women on the World War II home front.
Carla, Wight Intza.
Carla Wight Intza has studied theatre both in the United Kingdom
and the United States. She is currently a doctoral fellow at
Regent University, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication
with an emphasis in classical film and theatre.