Author: Jenn

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Confessions of a Nazi Spy

WARNER BROTHERS (1939) | DIRECTED BY ANATOLE LITVAK | WRITTEN BY MILTON KRIMS & JOHN WEXLEY  Confessions of a Nazi Spy was the first major film to be unabashedly anti-Nazi. Released in 1939, it was...

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Analyzing Photos from World War II

One of the things that I like to do when I talk to people about history is the use of imagery to understand the effects of war and how it could be used as propaganda by the Allies and the Axis. Both used propaganda to sell their goals and reasons. The Nazis were far more sinister in their propaganda efforts.

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Hollywood Goes to War: Links to Check Out

Hollywood enlisted and then some during World War II. Actors, writers, directors, producers, cameramen and other workers either joined the ranks of the military to fight on the front lines or they worked with the government to produce films to “inform” the American public. As I conduct my research into the collaboration between the film industry and the government, I’ve come across several useful links. 

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Newsreels and World War II

Another aspect of the project I am working is how newsreels were used to information the public. These short films usually were not longer than ten minutes. They appeared before the main future or other films at movie theaters across the nation.

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A plea for help: My car is in the shop

  Here’s the deal: my car is in the shop and is facing a costly repair of $1300 after a major mechanical malfunction. The parts have to be manufactured in a shop which is...

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History through Film

Films can educate us about our past but it can also twist it make it unrecognizable and distorted creating a myth that’s false or misleading. This is why I’ve come up with this category for the website. It’s a chance for me to showcase a film or a TV series (I’m a big fan of the series MASH) that is about our collective past as a country and as a people.