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Hollywood V. Hard Core Written in the bone-dry style of a dissertation, this history of Hollywood censorship -- which explores how the regulation of film content has always...Hollywood V. Hard CoreNonfiction Written in the bone-dry style of a dissertation, this history of Hollywood censorship -- which explores how the regulation of film content has always...2001-01-12
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Hollywood V. Hard Core

Genre: Nonfiction; Author: Jon Lewis

Written in the bone-dry style of a dissertation, this history of Hollywood censorship – which explores how the regulation of film content has always been dictated by money, not morality – still manages to pack a few punches. Lewis uncovers the Motion Picture Association of America’s roots in the Red scare (not to mention anti-Semitism, ethnocentrism, and elitism), showing how the post-World War II witch-hunts ultimately spawned the corporate conglomeration that defines Hollywood today. And he revels in ironic twists: While some edge into semi-crackpot theorizing (the success of porn flicks like Deep Throat didn’t really launch an ”auteur renaissance” in the 1970s), others – including a riff on how Nixon unknowingly saved the studios – are undeniably fun. B-