Hollywood Left and Right

The Academy Film Scholars Lecture featuring Steven J. Ross

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Hollywood Left and Right

In the fifth in a series of lectures spotlighting recipients of Academy Film Scholars grants, Steven J. Ross, professor of history and former chair of the History Department at the University of Southern California, presented highlights from his book Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics.

Hollywood Left and Right not only offers an historical overview of the film industry's often-misunderstood influence on American politics, but also challenges the commonly held belief that Hollywood has always been a bastion of liberalism. With larger-than-life, influential and controversial figures as his “cast” – including Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Edward G. Robinson, Harry Belafonte, Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda, Charlton Heston, Warren Beatty and Arnold Schwarzenegger – Ross's presentation will offer insight into how Hollywood's involvement in politics has been much more complicated and varied than is often assumed, as he traces the intersection of Hollywood and political activism from the early 20th century to the present.

Established in 1999, the Academy Film Scholars program is designed to stimulate and support the creation of new and significant works of film scholarship about aesthetic, cultural, educational, historical, theoretical or scientific aspects of theatrical motion pictures.

Event Information

Monday, September 19, 2011
Linwood Dunn Theater