THE FILMS OF THE FIFTIES
The American State of Mind
by Andrew Dowdy (1973)
The fabulous fifties are only now beginning to be understood. James Dean, McCarthy, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, the Blacklist, Smell-O-Vision and the Production Code, bike films, beatniks, breast obsession and communism were only some of the incongruous juxtapositions of that strange, incongruous age. In this original cultural study of movies and moviegoing, Andrew Dowdy illuminates the fifties—The Invasion of the Body Snatchers did not occur in a cultural vacuum, for example, but can be more easily understood as an expression of the McCarthy paranoia. In an entertaining and informative way, Mr. Dowdy opens our eyes—opens them to a fifties we passed through too passively.
Published by Morrow Paperback Editions
Paperback / 242 pages