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Presentation: World War Two Propaganda: How Animated and Documentary Films Made Before, During and After the War Taught Us What to Think

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM
- 01:50 PM

Location: Coppola Theatre, Room 101, Fine Arts Building

Cost: FREE

Sponsor: Cinema Department

Contact: Cinema Department

Phone: (415) 338-1629

Karl Cohen, Lecturer in Cinema, will explore the U.S. transition from an era of isolationist non-intervention to Roosevelt's framing of the war as a popular cause, and finally films that influenced the aftermath. A fascinating look at how Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck Superman, Daffy and other animated stars persuaded us to recycle, pay our taxes (to buy guns, guns and more guns!), and to laugh at Hitler, along with convincing us whom to hate. Docs include Women in Defense, written by Eleanor Roosevelt to encourage housewives to get involved. Several of the persuasive films to be shown won Oscars. Caution: some films are now seen as offensive.


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