Cinema Journal, 27, 1, Fall, 1987

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Front Matter
Editor's Introduction, 3-4
Virginia Wright Wexman
Improbable Ethnic Hero: William Powell and the Transformation of Ethnic Hollywood, 5-22
Mark Winokur
Abstract: The metamorphosis in the 1920s and '30s of the William Powell persona from ethnic villain to romantic lead is an index of Hollywood's tendency to repress all but stereotyped representations of ethnicity, and to displace ethnic filmmakers' anxieties about assimilation onto other issues, such as passion, violence, and crime.
"No Attempt at Artiness, Profundity, or Significance": "Fireside Theater" and the Rise of Filmed Television Programming, 23-46
William Lafferty
Abstract: "Fireside Theater" is significant within television broadcasting history as the site of a coalescense of elements that profoundly affected the American commercial television industry: the rise of filmed programming, the genesis of syndication, sponsor control of program content, and new television advertising strategies.
A Tale of Two Movies: Charlie Chaplin, United Artists, and the Red Scare, 47-62
D. William Davis
Abstract: Chaplin and his distribution company, United Artists, faced widespread public hostility toward his last American releases, "Monsieur Verdoux" and "Limelight". The combined distribution campaigns engineered for the films exemplify the interrelation of film economics, contemporary politics, and even critical reputation.
Godzilla and the Japanese Nightmare: When "Them!" Is U.S., 63-77
Chon Noriega
Abstract: That "Godzilla" (1954) protested United States H-bomb tests along the Bikini Atoll seems at once obvious and repressed. Godzilla is, after all, a comic icon in the United States. Placing the genre in a historical context reveals its dual inscription into Japanese and American culture and its ongoing political message, from H-bomb tests to "Star Wars."
Professional Notes, 78-80
Mirella Jona Affron
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