Invasion of The Body Snatcher Film Essay

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Society for Cinema & Media Studies Hollywood Gossip as Public Sphere: Hedda Hopper, Reader-Respondents, and the Red Scare, 1947-1965 Author(s): Jennifer Frost Source: Cinema Journal, Vol. 50, No. 2 (Winter 2011), pp. 84-103 Published by: University of Texas Press on behalf of the Society for Cinema & Media Studies Stable URL: Accessed: 06-04-2020 01:49 UTC REFERENCES Linked references are available on JSTOR for this article: You may need to log in to JSTOR to access the linked references. JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at Society for Cinema & Media Studies, University of Texas Press are collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to Cinema Journal This content downloaded from on Mon, 06 Apr 2020 01:49:22 UTC All use subject to Hollywood Gossip as Public Sphere: Hedda Hopper, Reader-Respondents, and the Red Scare, 1947-1965 by Jennifer Frost Abstract: "Golden Age" Hollywood gossip columnist and political conservative Hedda Hopper used her journalistic platform to promote anticommunist campaigns during the cold war. Analysis of letters to Hopper demonstrates her success in mobilizing her readers to participate and how, together, they made her column part of the public sphere in the United States. // ■ ■ y dear Miss Hopper," one of famed Hollywood gossip columnist HH Hedda Hopper's readers wrote in September 1953. "Every mornIW I ing my husband, who is 90 years of age, and a very young fellow at ■ Y I that, says to me - read me Hopper." The reader went on to praise Hopper's honesty and added, "We like your way of speaking out against subversion and policies detrimental to our form of Government." "I want to thank you," she finished, "for being pure grass roots American."1 This letter was characteristic of m co those saved by Hopper. Written by a married woman, the letter revealed Hopper's r-. X I- column as an important, regular part of her and her husband's daily lives, conveyed c" their reading practices - which occurred in private but connected them to a public < world - and demonstrated a shared political perspective that, in addition to news of Hollywood, drew readers to Hopper. Letters such as this one were prompted, oo r^ о published, and prized by the gossip columnist to demonstrate both her cultural and GO political influence. Ó a: I 1 AP, Los Angeles, to Hedda Hopper, September 13, 1953, Lucille Ball folder, Hedda Hopper Collection (hereafter 5 referred to as Hopper Collection), Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Č Beverly Hills, California (hereafter Herrick Library). Although letters from readers to Hopper, such as this one,"o are _>> public and not private letters given Hopper's practice of publishing readers' letters in her column, I am protecting ф the privacy of these letter writers by using no names in the text and only using initials in citations. For well-known > persons, I use their full names in citations and text. 'E Z)
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What are the 3 concepts that Samuels argues dominated the 1950s? How does he
define, describe, and explain each one ( means you need to provide some details or
The 3 concepts that Samuel argues which dominated the 1950s are (1) Conformity, (2)

Paranoia, and (3) Alienation. Conformity is the act or behaving just like the other people or most
people do in a society. Paranoia is a mental illness that causes someone to believe that the other
people have the intention to harm them or it’s the feeling of someone thinking that they will be
harmed by others. Alienation is the state of being separated or isolated from a group which one
should belong or should be involved.
The first concept, Conformity is defined by Samuels starting from keywords like “silent
generation,” “status seekers,” “lonely crowds,” “organization men,” “end of ideology,” and
“hidden persuaders.” As could be noticed the keywords to define conformity by Samuels is
apparently pertaining the 1950s when the political states specifically of America are not yet
completely into one undivided political beliefs because of many factors such as the Cold war or
even the post-effects of WWII are still affecting people’s political beliefs and behaviors. As
according to the book of Age of Conspiracy and Conformity, for most part, the decade celebrated
a suburbanized, bureaucratized, complacent, secure, conformist, consensus society in opposition
to alienated, disturbed, chaotic, insecure, individualistic, rebel society (Samuels, p. 243). With
such comment, it could be really seen that in general the societies of the developing countries in
1950s especially the States of America are greatly influenced by conformity where people has
the same thing they believe in – the impending conformity to communism. In the Invasion of the
Body Snatchers, conformity is depicted by the people becoming the “pod” people. The pod
people are emotionless and they just follow what their kinds do, they just follow without

thinking. Conformity is shown by the action of the pod people’s obedience to same people,
objective or leaders who direct them, just like in communism, people will just follow their
leaders without liberality.
The second concept, Paranoia, is defined by Samuels with keywords as well such as “red
decade,” “dupes,” “ front organization,” “blacklisting,” “un-Americanism,” “fifth column,” “
fellow travelers,” and “pinkos.” From Samuels’ definitions of paranoia, it just like there is a bias
that could be perceived because the words given are something discriminatory in the auditory
sensation. In the film, paranoia is depicted by the actor Miles of being not sleeping because he
might be invaded by “pod plants” and make him one of them. His paranoia comes from his
discovery of the pods duplicating themselves from the people they hosted during those people’s
sleep time. He does not what that to happen to him, so in the first place he does not sleep for the
pod plants not to be able to invade him or harm him. Relating the actor’s perspective of paranoia
to the political situations in the 1950s, formation of political groups or group movements that are
considered pro-communism or believing in total communism have been rejected or blacklisted
for any kind of employment or benefits coming from the American government because the
American government is paranoid that communism may take over their liberated kind of
government as communism has this subversive techniques to lure people to believe in them. The
American government is just like the actor Miles; Miles is not sleeping not to be invaded by
“pod pla...

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