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Rick Jewell's Golden Age Hollywood and History

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Rick Jewell highlights the relationship of Hollywood films to events in American history

This sequence of clips from Hollywood's "Golden Age" (1929-1945) illustrates the complex relationship of feature films to events in American history, including the Great Depression, World War II and the beginning of the Cold War. With this selection of clips, Professor Rick Jewell highlights both expected and unexpected instances of Hollywood films reflecting upon - but also contributing to - historical events and their experience by movie audiences. Jewell is a leading authority on American film history and a Professor in the School of Cinematic Arts at USC.