The Department of Defense, the Motion Picture Production Office and Hollywood: Military Film Policy

Posted: 6 Sep 2014

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Tanner Mirrlees

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Communication Studies

Date Written: October 11, 2013

Abstract

This paper examines the U.S. Department of Defense's (DOD) support for the business of Hollywood and Hollywood’s engineering of public support for war in the 1950s and up until the late 1960s. After a brief discussion of the post-WWII consolidation of a DOD-Hollywood complex, it examines a series of war films that resulted from the DOD-Hollywood complex in the 1950s and 1960s. It explains why Hollywood studios supported the DOD’s efforts to influence war films, considers the consequences of this influencing and discusses how the concept of the DOD-Hollywood complex enables a critical study of the DOD as an inadvertent yet influential film policy agency. The paper explains the existence of Hollywood war film commodities in the 50s and 60s with reference to a structural and ideological symbiosis of the U.S. state's geopolitical goals and Hollywood's profit interests. In this respect, it forwards a geopolitical-economic analysis of the DOD-Hollywood complex's war films.

Keywords: Hollywood, U.S. Department of Defense, military film policy

JEL Classification: Z10

Suggested Citation

Mirrlees, Tanner, The Department of Defense, the Motion Picture Production Office and Hollywood: Military Film Policy (October 11, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2485863

Tanner Mirrlees (Contact Author)

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Communication Studies ( email )

2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 7K4
Canada

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