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By J. Hoberman

Publish 12 months note: First released December twenty eighth 2010

An military of Phantoms is a tremendous new paintings of historical past and picture feedback from the very hot critic J. Hoberman. the following he applies an identical dynamic synergy of yank politics and American pop culture to the chilly War’s first decade that he dropped at the Nineteen Sixties within the significantly acclaimed The Dream Life.

The years among 1946 and 1956 introduced U.S. dominance over Europe and a brand new conflict in Asia, in addition to the beginning of the civil rights circulate and the stirrings of a brand new adolescence tradition. The interval observed the motion picture purged of its political left whereas the increase of ideological motion hero John Wayne got here to dominate theaters. interpreting video clips and media occasions, Hoberman has prepared a festival of cavalry Westerns, apocalyptic sci-fi flicks, and biblical spectaculars in which Cecil B. DeMille rubs shoulders with Douglas MacArthur, atomic checks are proven on stay television, God talks at the radio, and Joe McCarthy is bracketed with Marilyn Monroe. here's a heritage of movie that also is, to paraphrase Jean-Luc Godard, in regards to the movie of history.

Essential interpreting for movie and heritage buffs, An military of Phantoms recasts a vital period within the mild of the silver display.

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T1ie critique unmasks those ideas as false, partia l, mythicalor Imaginary images of capita list society, w hich generally obscure the contradictions and explo itation in capitalist eco nom ics and class relations. Marx's idea of ideology has been developed in many ways, some of which do not regard ideol ogical consciousness as false, or as an epistemological error ('zit ek, 1994) . Ideo logy critique has-been a pow erfu l tool for the critical ~ n al ys i s of contemporary ' image culture', particularly useful for unmasking Images of society, subjectiv ity and human relatio ns broadcast by the mass media (Nichols, 198 1; Wi lliams, 19 74).

So far as it is a value in use , there is nothing myst erious abo ut it, whether we con sider it from th e point of view th at by its properties it is capable of satisfying human wants, or from th e poin t th at tho se properties are th e product of human labour. Th e form of wood, for instance, is altered , by maki ng a tabl e out of it . Yet, for all that , the table contin ues to be that commo n, eve ry-day th ing, wood . But , so soo n as it ste ps forth as a commodity, it is changed into som ething transcendent.

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