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A Very Dangerous CitizenAbraham Lincoln Polonsky and the Hollywood Left$
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Paul Buhle

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223837

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223837.001.0001

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Polonsky’s Fifties

Polonsky’s Fifties

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A Very Dangerous Citizen

Paul Buhle

Dave Wagner

University of California Press

Unlike other people who became severely depressed or fled to more politically tolerant climes, Polonsky quietly changed course because he never lost his optimism. There was no doubt that this was because he had pursued such varied intellectual callings and regarded filmmaking as merely one choice among many—he could join what amounted to an artistic underground. His handwritten notebooks suggested concern with the increasing personal isolation from the political setting that had enlivened his past. For Polonsky and other people who could not accept capitalist consumerism as the model for global development, the Force of Evil's dark view had triumphed over Body and Soul's bright determination. Polonsky had far from given up politically, but quiet determination now replaced hope.

Keywords:   Polonsky, Force Evil, politics, film, intellectual

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