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Revisiting the Blacklist Western: A Reception Study of High Noon.

Fisher, A., 2021. Revisiting the Blacklist Western: A Reception Study of High Noon. Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, 61 (5), 137-158.

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DOI: 10.1353/cj.2021.0087


This article deploys primary archival research into local newspaper articles, to assess the extent to which High Noon (Fred Zinnemann, 1952) was received as a film with a contemporary political message pertaining to the Hollywood blacklist on its initial cinematic release. Various pre-existing assumptions surrounding the film’s entry into the public sphere are interrogated: by revealing that the film was overwhelmingly hailed as an instant genre classic; by examining the levels of awareness around writer Carl Foreman’s role; and by analysing concordances between news coverage of the House Un-American Activities Committee and that of High Noon. The article thereby seeks to illuminate the fragmentary nature of political discourse in Cold War-era popular culture.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:High Noon, Westerns, blacklist, Cold War, HUAC, reception
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:34479
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:01 Sep 2020 14:29
Last Modified:24 May 2022 11:32


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