Hollywood Propaganda Film Analysis

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Propaganda is information and opinions, especially prejudiced ones that spread to influence the people in favor of or opposing some doctrine or concept. Americans during WWII used this in a wide range of methods that provided a black and white picture of different countries with half-truths or ambiguous information. War took place on the battlefield, the air, on the water, and even below it. However, the battles of World War II cannot be only limited to combat; much of the home front battles during the war took place on the silver screen, posters, and comic books to name a few. These battles did not specifically result in casualties, although some but not all messages would eventually justify the genocide of millions of people. Instead, it…show more content…
In an attempt to enhance backing for World War II among American soldiers and people, the U.S. government wanted Hollywood to produce films to sell the war. These movies were either based on the war itself, or movie that possessed a war atmosphere. Most famously, Frank Capra produced and directed a series of several propaganda war films called, Why We Fight (1942-1945). The film series were used to promote how American soldiers fighting in the war as well as means to get U.S. citizens to support the war was justifiable. The movie faced both domestic policies and society and the international order. Wendell Willkie’s bestseller, “One World” described that America was, “indivisible, democracy must be universalized or these freedoms would “always be in jeopardy in America.” (67) The war continued to be a continuous revolutionary struggle, and would be referred to as “a people’s…show more content…
It promoted a substantial deal of industry and economic solidity. World War II propaganda provided to mobilize the public for a total war. During this time governments of the battling nations needed their countrymen to follow them and the operation of propaganda to influence the public to help in the war effort because it was the largest weapons used. Propaganda in the United States promoted an overwhelming sense of nationalism and brought their country together under illicit thoughts of their Axis
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