German expressionism--imported to Hollywood by Jewish exiles--brought a lasting tradition of shadows, duality, and mirroring to mainstream American cinema.
The public fascination was so intense that fans soon started demanding live reenactments.
The twelve-part documentary chronicling a family's dissolution was one of the most talked-about TV shows of the past fifty years.
Originally produced as an exploitation film that drew on racial stereotypes, the ironic revival of Reefer Madness made it a cult classic for stoners.
Like many actresses of her day, Laurette Luez was expected to be a beautiful siren in skimpy clothing who could be from almost anywhere—just not here.
The 1936 movie Little Lord Fauntleroy broke box office records, only to be toned down and masculinized amid cultural fears of the “sissified” male.
In the period immediately following World War II, the femme fatale embodied a host of male anxieties about gender roles.
What did women coming of age in the 1950s think of Doris Day in Calamity Jane? Does her filmography have the same meaning now?
In the 1950s, Frank Sinatra starred in Suddenly, a movie that happens to depict a plot against the President.
The archives of the historically black Tuskegee University recently released recordings from 1957 to 1971, with a number by powerful civil rights leaders.