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Author Jordan, James (James Alexander), author.

Title From Nuremberg to Hollywood : the Holocaust and the courtroom in American fictive film / James Jordan
Published Elstree, UK ; Portland, Oregon : Vallentine Mitchell, 2015


Description 1 online resource (245 pages)
Contents Introduction -- 1. Andre de Toth's None Shall Escape (1944): Bearing Witness to the Holocaust in the Courtroom before Liberation, before Nuremberg -- 2. After Nuremberg, 1946-1961: Film within Film in The Stranger (1946), Sealed Verdict (1948), Verboten! (1959) and Judgement at Nurmeberg (1961) -- 3. From Out of the Shadows: Operation Eichmann (1961), QB VII (1974) and The Man in the Glass Booth (1975) -- 4. The Fallibility of Memory and the Return of the Flashback: Music Box (1989) and Perry Mason: The Case of the Desperate Deception (1990) -- 5. The Domestication of the Holocaust: Skokie (1981) and Never Forget (1991) -- 6. Re-Viewing the Situation: Nuremberg (2000) and the Crime of the Century at the end of the Century -- Conclusion -- Epilogue -- Bibliography and Filmography -- Index
Summary "From Nuremberg to Hollywood explores the evolving relationship between the act of bearing witness to the Holocaust in the courtroom, and how this is perceived and imagined by American film. The book provides a cultural history of the intersection of the courtroom and the Holocaust in American film from 1944-2008, using case studies to question the ever-changing relationship between testimony, history, memory, truth, and film. It deconstructs the accepted notion of the Holocaust as being an event at the limits of the imagination. The book is divided into two sections that are delimited by the two real-life courtroom proceedings which have had the greatest influence on American film's representation of the Holocaust: the Nuremberg Trials of 1945-46 and the Eichmann trial in 1961. The methodology is to evaluate the filmic trials by comparison with the real-life trials on which they are based, and then to place these films and trials within their broader social context. From Nuremberg to Hollywood asks questions of the spectator, both on and off screen: How does one witness such events and then how does one bear witness in the form of a credible narrative? How is this presented on screen? In doing so, the book seeks to understand how one of the most horrific and chaotic of events of the 20th century is contained and controlled by the strict demands of the courtroom and the courtroom film genre"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Eichmann, Adolf, 1906-1962 -- Trials, litigation, etc
Eichmann, Adolf, 1906-1962 -- In motion pictures
Eichmann, Adolf, 1906-1962.
Trials in motion pictures.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in motion pictures.
Historical films -- United States -- History and criticism
Nuremberg War Crime Trials, Nuremberg, Germany, 1946-1949.
Historical films.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) in motion pictures.
Motion pictures.
Trials in motion pictures.
Germany -- Nuremberg.
United States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Trials, litigation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780853038665