Helping Your Government Help Itself
New Press, Hardcover, 9781565847187, 460pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2002
Radical Hollywood is the first comprehensive history of the Hollywood Left. From the dawn of sound movies to the early 1950s, Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner trace the political and personal lives of the screenwriters, actors, directors, and producers on the Left and the often decisive impact of their work upon American film's Golden Age.
Full of rich anecdotes, biographical detail, and explorations of movies well known, unjustly forgotten, and delightfully bizarre, the book is an intelligent, well argued and absorbing examination of how politics and art can make startling and often strange bedfellows (Publishers Weekly). Featuring an insert of rare film stills, Radical Hollywood relates the story behind the story of films in such genres as crime, women's films, family cinema, war, animation, and, particularly, film noir.
Dave Wagner is a journalist and critic who lives in Tempe, Arizona. He was a contributor to "Tender Comrades," co-author of "A Very Dangerous Citizen," and has contributed to several film journals. He was political editor at the "Arizona Republic" from 1993 to 2000.