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By Leonard Quart

This post-World struggle II survey of yankee cinema presents an in-depth exploration of the way movie acts as a robust cultural expression of the yankee public's goals and desires.

• comprises an advent that addresses the background of the decade and discusses occasions corresponding to the assaults of September eleventh, 2001, typhoon Katrina, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the commercial drawback, and the election of President Barack Obama

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Although there are moments when the film seems like nothing more than stylish nonsense - all windy rhetoric and meaningless confusion - there is still the intrigue of the seductive Rita (Elsa) and the sucker in the plot, Welles (Michael O'Hara), a romantic innocent who is totally enthralled with her, and whom she plans to have take the murder rap. Throughout, Welles creates original images and sequences to give a sense of Elsa's lethal charm. For example, there is an overhead shot of Elsa lying languidly and singing on the deck of the yacht, luring O'Hara from the bowels of the boat.

In McCarey's feverish world being an intellectual is clearly a dangerous, un-American vocation, and redemption can be found only in the moralisms of John's elementary school principal father and the hysterical religiosity of his mother. For McCarey it is the heart and emotions, no matter how pathological, that will not lie or lead you astray, but the intellect makes you question and doubt and leaves you open to subversive ideas and the rejection of commonsense wisdom. Nor was McCarey alone in this view of the perfidy of the intellectual.

27 By the end of the decade Hollywood began to deal with the issue and a number of films dealing with race prejudice were released. In one of these, Home if the Brave (1949), an educated, emotionally disturbed black GI, Peter Moss Qames Edwards) is cured of a trauma (psychosomatic paralysis) by a white psychiatrist. Moss's character is in the tradition of the noble martyr, being a passive, self-effacing figure who embodies white values. Moreover, he is the perfect black to exemplify the liberal ideals of the film since he is a war hero and a successful professional who can be seen by the white audience as being no different from any white.

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