Propaganda Cinema: The Marshall Plan Films and America’s Cold War Image in the Mediterranean


Date: Oct 30, 2008 - Nov 06, 2008

More than 200 documentary-style films were made about the Marshall Plan, which sent billions of US dollars in economic and technical assistance for recovery and reconstruction in Europe. The Marshall Plan films were a unique facet of U.S. propaganda efforts in post-war Europe. These two evenings of programming—a selection of Marshall Plan films plus major fiction films from the late 1940s showed the contrast between two visions of postwar reconstruction: the picture presented by one aspect of U.S. propaganda and the vision of Hollywood (and of anti-Hollywood).

October 30, 2008

Two shorts, Miracle of Cassino and Village without Words, followed by the feature film A Foreign Affair (Dir. Billy Wilder, 1948)

Speaker: Victoria de Grazia, Director, European Institute, Columbia University

November 6, 2008

Two shorts, At the Foot of the Mountains and Marshall Plan at Work in Turkey, followed by the feature film Jour de Fête (Dir. Jacques Tati, 1949)

Speaker: Silvio Pons, Italian Academy Fellow

Date: Oct 30, 2008 - Nov 06, 2008

More than 200 documentary-style films were made about the Marshall Plan, which sent billions of US dollars in economic and technical assistance for recovery and reconstruction in Europe. The Marshall Plan films were a unique facet of U.S. propaganda efforts in post-war Europe. These two evenings of programming—a selection of Marshall Plan films plus major fiction films from the late 1940s showed the contrast between two visions of postwar reconstruction: the picture presented by one aspect of U.S. propaganda and the vision of Hollywood (and of anti-Hollywood).

October 30, 2008

Two shorts, Miracle of Cassino and Village without Words, followed by the feature film A Foreign Affair (Dir. Billy Wilder, 1948)

Speaker: Victoria de Grazia, Director, European Institute, Columbia University

November 6, 2008

Two shorts, At the Foot of the Mountains and Marshall Plan at Work in Turkey, followed by the feature film Jour de Fête (Dir. Jacques Tati, 1949)

Speaker: Silvio Pons, Italian Academy Fellow

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