Our own Karl Cohen will be presenting a talk and screening of WWII Propaganda

THURS OCT. 10, NOON – 1:50 PM, WORLD WAR TWO PROPAGNDA: HOW ANIMATED SHORTS AND DOCUMENTARIES MADE BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER THE WAR TAUGHT US WHAT TO THINK

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A presentation by Karl Cohen, SF State, Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts building, room 101, free

The presentation goes from the isolationist non-intervention era to Roosevelt making the war a popular cause and finally films that influenced the aftermath.  A fascinating look at how Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Daffy and other animated stars persuaded us to recycle, pay our taxes (to buy guns, guns and more guns!), to laugh at Hitler and whom to hate. The docs include Women in Defense written by Eleanor Roosevelt to encourage housewives to get involved.  There is also the Oscar winner Seeds of Destiny, a plea by the UN to rebuild Europe after the war.  Two of the ten persuasive films to be shown won Oscars (2 others got nominations).  Caution: some films are now seen as offensive.

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