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Cinema's Military Industrial Complex$
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Haidee Wasson and Lee Grieveson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520291508

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520291508.001.0001

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Mobilizing the Moving Image

Mobilizing the Moving Image

Movie Machines at US Military Bases and Veterans’ Hospitals during World War II

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Cinema's Military Industrial Complex

Andrea Kelley

University of California Press

This chapter, by Andrea Kelley, examines the U.S. military’s integration of new screen technologies at military sites during World War II through a study of the Mills Novelty Panoram, a 16mm film jukebox machine. Through specific considerations of the Panoram at Air Force base libraries, intelligence “war room” facilities, and veterans hospitals, this chapter evaluates wartime discourses of training and therapy and how they are articulated to Panoram viewing practices. The integration of the Panoram into military life in the 1940s normalized small-screen interactions for soldiers and presaged emerging trends in postwar U.S. culture, including consumer desire for adaptable, portable, and self-operating film machines and for multiple small-screen engagements.

Keywords:   Panoram, portability, military bases, veterans hospitals, postwar consumerism

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