The Power of Film Propaganda: Myth or Reality?
- List Price: $74.95
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Cassell
- Publish date: 03/01/2000
In the years before television, it was widely assumed that the cinema could exercise enormous influence over the mass audience. Governments and revolutionary intellectuals, party politicians and individual filmmakers, all believed that film offered a uniquely effective means of manipulating the ideology of the masses.
Nicholas Reeves re-examines these assumptions. Drawing on recent historical scholarship, he explores five different case studies to see whether or not propaganda films reached their targeted audiences and, where they did, whether the impact was what was expected.