Don’t Believe Everything You See at the Movies

The Influence of Anti-Communist and Anti-Slavic Governmental Propaganda in Hollywood Cinema in the Decade Following WWII


  • Megan Phillips


"Don't Believe Everything You See at the Movies" is an evaluation of the American film industry in the decade following WWII. It analyzes government involvement in the private film sector and how the film industry responded to pressure to produce films with pro-American stance as well as themes of anti-Soviet and anti-communist sentiment. The essay argues that these films were the direct result of government involvement in the lives/careers of the actors, actresses, writers, producers, and directors of the time, and how their reaction came to shape American film culture throughout the decade.