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When Hollywood Was Punished for Its Anti-Nazism

“We’d rather march to hear Willkie on national unity than be marched into a concentration camp,” Harry Warner firmly stated in the summer of 1941. The mogul was responding to criticism for his encouraging studio employees to attend a rally at the Hollywood Bowl featuring 1940 Republican presidential candidate Wendell Willkie, a strong advocate for […]

100 Years Ago: How Hollywood’s Early Self-Censorship Battles Shaped the MPA

Long before Netflix’s Blonde landed a controversial NC-17 rating, the Motion Picture Association gave films like Baby Doll (1956) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) “adults only” designations as a way to placate concerned parents and reformers. Now, when news surfaces of Hollywood allegedly kowtowing to everything from domestic social crusaders to foreign governments, […]

‘The Hunt’ May Be a Victim of America’s Misdirected Outrage (Guest Column)

The response to the R-rated satire — including threats leveled at the filmmakers — mirrors claims hurled at prior controversial movies, writes the author of an upcoming book on the 1941 U.S. Senate Investigation into Motion Picture Propaganda.