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Radical Hollywood

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Radical Hollywood

Helping Your Government Help Itself

By Paul Buhle; David Wagner; Dave Wagner (Joint Author)

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.

About the Author
Paul Buhle is a retired senior lecturer in the American studies department at Brown University. He is a co-author, with Dave Wagner, of "Radical Hollywood: The Untold Story Behind America's Favorite Movies" and the editor of "Jews and American Comics: An Illustrated History of an American Art Form," "Studs Terkel's "Working" A Graphic Adaptation," and "A Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman," all published by The New Press. Buhle is the founder of the Oral History of the American Left archive at New York University and a co-editor of "The Encyclopedia of the American Left." He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and has continued actively producing books of comic art, including "Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular and the New Land" and "Bohemians: A Graphic History."

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.