American Cultural Diplomacy, the Cinema,
and the Cold War in Central Europe
Professor, Department of History
University of Salzburg
Working Paper 92-4
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"The easiest way to inject a propaganda idea into most people's minds is to let it go
through the medium of an entertainment picture when they do not realize that they
are being propagandized".
Elmer Davis, Director, Office of War Information quoted in C.R. Koopes and G,D.
Black, "What to Show the World: The OWI and Hollywood, 1942-45" Journal of
American History 64 (1977): 87-105.
"There has never been a more effective salesman for American products in foreign
countries than the American motion picture."
Gerald M. Mayer, "American Motion Pictures in World Trade" Annals of the
American Academy of Political and Social Sciences 254 (1947): 31-36.
"As we entered the world stage in the First World War, simultaneously we entered
the world as conquerors through silent movies, something no one could have
calculated or had ever happened before. Movies will be the only thing the United
States will ever be remembered for