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Author Nemerov, Alexander, author.

Title Wartime kiss : visions of the moment in the 1940s / Alexander Nemerov.

Imprint Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2013.


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Description 1 online resource (175 pages) : illustrations.
Series Essays on the arts
Princeton essays on the arts.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
Summary "Wartime Kiss is a personal meditation on the haunting power of American photographs and films from World War II and the later 1940s. Starting with a powerful reinterpretation of one of the most famous photos of all time, Alfred Eisenstaedt's image of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on V-J Day, Alexander Nemerov goes on to examine an idiosyncratic collection of mostly obscure or unknown images and movie episodes--from a photo of Jimmy Stewart and Olivia de Havilland lying on a picnic blanket in the Santa Barbara hills to scenes from such films as Twelve O'Clock High and Hold Back the Dawn. Erotically charged and bearing traces of trauma even when they seem far removed from the war, these photos and scenes seem to hold out the promise of a palpable and emotional connection to those years. Through a series of fascinating stories, Nemerov reveals the surprising background of these bits of film and discovers unexpected connections between the war and Hollywood, from an obsession with aviation to Anne Frank's love of the movies. Beautifully written and illustrated, Wartime Kiss vividly evokes a world in which Margaret Bourke-White could follow a heroic assignment photographing a B-17 bombing mission over Tunis with a job in Hollywood documenting the filming of a war movie. Ultimately this is a book about history as a sensuous experience, a work as mysterious, indescribable, and affecting as a novel by W.G. Sebald"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Introduction; One: Kissing in August 1945; Two: Sleeping Beauty; Three: When the World Smiled; Four: Sentimental Mysticism; Five: Hold Back the Dawn; Acknowledgments; Bibliographic Notes; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; V; W; Y; Z.
Subject World War (1939-1945) (OCoLC)fst01180924
World War, 1939-1945 -- Photography.
Historiography and photography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Motion pictures and the war.
Art and history.
Collective memory.
Nineteen forties.
ART -- American -- General.
HISTORY -- Modern -- 20th Century.
ART -- History -- General.
HISTORY -- Military -- World War II.
Art and history. (OCoLC)fst00815396
Collective memory. (OCoLC)fst01739814
Historiography and photography. (OCoLC)fst01201099
Nineteen forties. (OCoLC)fst01037793
Photography. (OCoLC)fst01061714
War and motion pictures. (OCoLC)fst01919878
Chronological Term 1939-1945
Genre/Form Electronic book.
Other Form: Print version: 9780691145785 (OCoLC)788265472
Print version: Nemerov, Alexander. Wartime kiss. Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2013 9780691145785 (DLC) 2012026332 (OCoLC)788265472
ISBN 9781400844883 (electronic book)
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