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The President Vanishes (William Wellman, 1933): Denouncing the merchants of death

The President Vanishes depicts how a few men of the economic elite try to force the President to take part in a war in Europe. In response to the President refusal, the lobby starts to bribe Senators and to orchestrate a campaign of agitation & propaganda in  order to infuse the people with belligerent feelings. This looby is an embodiment of the Committee on Public Information during World War I, clearly criticized in the film. The film even warns about the raising of fascism in the United States during the economic crisis of the early thirties.
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CALL FOR CHAPTERS Deconstructing the Zombie: Cultural and Ideological Approaches

  Deconstructing the Zombie: Cultural and Ideological Approaches Dear colleagues, We would like to invite you to participate in the academic book we are currently editing, entitled Deconstructing the Zombie: Cultural and Ideological Approaches. We will appreciate if you share this Call For Chapters information with those colleagues who may be interested in the project. […]

«We Don’t Eat People»: How the Post-apocalyptic Cinema of the 21st Century Teach Us the New Ethics of the Cannibalistic System

The disaster movie genre is closely related to the times of economic and social crisis. The consolidation of the genre came from the «oil crisis» in the early seventies. These films worked as a catharsis and showed real people how lucky they were because of suffering just an economic crisis and not something worse. The […]

Tarzan & Dr. Moreau VS the Subhumans & the Vodoo Zombies: Colonialist Discourses in Pre-Code Hollywood (1932-1934).

In this paper I analyse the implicit discourse about a colonialism in six Hollywood films of the early thirties. That is, filmed before the hegemonic discourse supported by the censorship of the Production Code Administration was definitively imposed in 1934. The tour begins with Tarzan, guardian of the African colonies, and ends with Dr. Moreau […]