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Movies have often been potent vehicles for propaganda and advocacy since the early days of the motion picture industry.

Although fictional movies continue to claim the lion's share of moviegoers' dollars, documentary films have surged in popularity in recent years, due in part to the success of advocacy films by Michael Moore and other activist directors, and due also in part to greater affordability of digital filmmaking equipment and new means of distribution, such as DVD and the Internet.



Related books

  • Clayton R. Koppes and Gregory D. Black, Hollywood Goes to War: How Politics, Profits and Propaganda Shaped World War II Movies (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1990), ISBN 0-520-07161-1. Koppes and Black offer a fascinating examination of the relationship between the Roosevelt administration and Hollywood filmmakers, showing how propaganda influenced movies such as Little Tokyo, USA, Confessions of a Nazi Spy, Mr. Lucky, Mrs. Miniver and Casablanca.

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