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Fred Zinnemann and the Cinema of Resistance$
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J.E. Smyth

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039645

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039645.001.0001

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The Cinema of Resistance

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Fred Zinnemann and the Cinema of Resistance

J. E. Smyth

University Press of Mississippi

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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