The 1960 East German film The Silent Star provided a significant cautionary tale for the Cold War era.
Why is lo-fi hip-hop so conducive to concentration?
Surf movies of the 1950s and 1960s only seemed squeaky-clean. Just beneath the surface was rebellion, rule-bending, and an embrace of the "other."
The curious, forgotten connection between William Faulkner and Charles de Gaulle.
Authorship of Hollywood screenplays is often a complicated matter. But William Goldman was truly a writer in Hollywood.
When it began as Fox-Movietone News, the company was known for appealing to viewer's tastes by leaving out upsetting news, including the rise of fascism.
The squeaky-clean Brady Bunch family symbolized the avoidance of the sexual revolution, feminism, and other social forces that were coming to the fore.
One scholar argues that Judy Garland's role in A Star is Born was so pivotal because it involved both gender impersonation and “racial drag."
The 1962 film The Music Man was seen as so all-American that some hoped it would help win the Cold War by transmitting American values abroad.
Sex and the City was on television from 1998-2004, and still holds cultural cachet today. But does the actual programming still hold up?