In the summer of 1947, Crossfire, a controversial thriller exposing American anti-Semitism, became a critical and box-office hit, and RKO producer Adrian Scott was at the pinnacle of his career. Within several months, however, he was infamous as a member of the Hollywood Ten, blacklisted for his refusal to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee. In Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood, Jennifer E. Langdon reconstructs the production and reception of Scott's major films to explore the political and creative challenges faced by Hollywood radicals in the studio system and to reassess the relationship between film noir, antifascism and anticommunism, and the politics of Americanism.
Following yesterday's blog post, I also discovered a few more film-scholarly podcasts (or video/webcasts) of note that I added to that listing on FSFF. These are as follows:
- Irving Singer, 'Ingmar Bergman, Cinematic Philosopher' (video podcast)
- Martin Scorsese: "Discusses Film-Making" at Princeton University, May 4 1999 (scroll down page for videocast)
- Monash University Film & TV Studies podcasts (inc Robert Stam and Adrian Martin)
- Stephen Gundle 'What do Greta Garbo, Madonna and Napoleon have in common? Why Glamour, Darling!'
- Tamar Jeffers McDonald, interview about 'Romantic Comedy, Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre' (London: Wallflower Press, 2007); Tamar is a former colleague of mine in Film Studies at the University of Kent
- Peter Stanfield 'Lawrence Alloway’s Pop Art Film Criticism and its Place in British Film Studies'; Peter is also a former colleague of mine in Film Studies at the University of Kent (please note, with apologies: today, I am having trouble accessing any of the Tate Galleries' podcasts that I published links to yesterday, including this one, which is a shame after listing them all! I'll keep checking them out)
[UPDATE (added 11.9.08): I followed up on the technical difficulties with accessing Tate Gallery video podcasts and found that information about these has now been posted on the Tate website:
Important Information! Tate's Real Player service is being replaced by a new service, and we are currently in the process of re-encoding all of our existing material into the new video format. Some Online Events archives are not currently available due to changes in the way Tate delivers video online. We apologise for the temporary loss and are working hard to put them online as soon as possible.]
As always, any further suggestions for FSFF's resource listings will be very gratefully received and anyone suggesting items will always be properly acknowledged.