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In Secrecy's ShadowThe OSS and CIA in Hollywood Cinema 1941-1979$
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Simon Willmetts

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748692996

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692996.001.0001

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‘What is Past is Prologue’: Hollywood’s History of the OSS and the Establishment of the CIA

‘What is Past is Prologue’: Hollywood’s History of the OSS and the Establishment of the CIA

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(p.77) 2. ‘What is Past is Prologue’: Hollywood’s History of the OSS and the Establishment of the CIA
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In Secrecy's Shadow
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Simon Willmetts

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692996.003.0002

At the end of the Second World War, the OSS were swiftly disbanded. In response, OSS chief William “Wild Bill” Donovan launched a massive public relations campaign to celebrate the wartime activities of his agency and to advocate for the establishment of a permanent central intelligence agency. Hollywood, perhaps unsurprisingly given the extensive links between American filmmakers and the OSS, played an important part in mythologizing the OSS in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War and in so doing helped make the case for the creation of the CIA.

Keywords:   Semi-documentary, Louis de Rochemont, Fritz Lang, historical cinema, Office of Strategic Services, OSS, J. Edgar Hoover, William Donovan

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