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Fred Zinnemann and the Cinema of Resistance
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Fred Zinnemann and the Cinema of Resistance

J.E. Smyth

Abstract

Between 1944 and 1977, director Fred Zinnemann made a surprising number of historical films about the rise and resistance to fascism, the Spanish Civil War and Second World War, the Cold War, and the post-war impact on Europe and America. Yet in contrast with many European and American filmmakers, Zinnemann's documentation of the Resistance was completely at odds with Charles de Gaulle's view of an elite, French-dominated, nationwide movement against Nazi oppression born in 1940, and the prevailing conservative historiography which excluded the roles of women and communists. While his film nar ... More

Keywords: Fred Zinnemann, antifascism, Resistance, Hollywood, Historical films

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781617039645
Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039645.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J.E. Smyth, author