« Revoir Operation Abolition (1960) : la place du spectateur dans un film marquant le déclin du Comité des activités anti-américaines »

Abstract : This essay focuses on Operation Abolition as a breaking point in the history of the House Un-American Activities Commitee (HUAC) and a certain style of propaganda film. Operation Abolition intended to demonstrate that the May 1960 student demonstrations against the commitee hearings in San Francisco were communist led and originated. Footage was subpoenaed from local television stations, and the recording of a narration was made under the supervision of HUAC members. Through newspaper articles, testimonies and films made in response to Operation Abolition, the essay examines the controversies surrounding the wide distribution of the film in the early 1960’s. They indicate the relative decline of the HUAC thesis, the raise of other ideologies and cultures, and the development of films seeking to offer not one but various viewing positions.
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Sylvie Thouard. « Revoir Operation Abolition (1960) : la place du spectateur dans un film marquant le déclin du Comité des activités anti-américaines » . J.P Bertin Maghit Une Histoire du cinéma de propagande, Paris : Nouveau monde éditions, 2008. , pp.545-561, 2008. ⟨hal-01552139⟩

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