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Introduction

Introduction

The Cinema of Resistance

Chapter:
(p.3) Introduction
Source:
Fred Zinnemann and the Cinema of Resistance
Author(s):
J. E. Smyth
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617039645.003.0001

Though his films remain some of the most popular and critically acclaimed of the twentieth century, Fred Zinnemann is a shadowy presence in Hollywood lore. Yet this fresh look at Zinnemann's work, based upon extensive research in his personal papers, reveals the filmmaker's lifelong interest in twentieth-century resistance to fascism. Fred Zinnemann and the Cinema of Resistance reveals a director of resistant women and unknown, courageous men; a man who preserved the voices of child Holocaust victims; a Hollywood filmmaker who pushed Hollywood's commitment to Europe and international filmmaking to its breaking point; a politically engaged mind so complex he isolated himself from his generation; a staunch professional who collaborated and fought with the Hollywood system for five decades; and above all, a master director whose consistency was in his resistance.

Keywords:   Antifascism, Resistance films, World War II, Hollywood, Fred Zinnemann

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