The CIA in Hollywood

If our artists don't confront [the question] more directly, and soon, the Agency will only continue to infiltrate our vulnerable film and television screens—and our minds." —Tom Hayden, Los Angeles Review of Books "The book makes a ...

Author: Tricia Jenkins

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292772467

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 230

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"Jenkins's book raises serious ethical and legal questions about the relationship between the CIA and Hollywood and the extent to which we consume propaganda from one through the other. . . . Should the CIA be authorized to target American public opinion? If our artists don't confront [the question] more directly, and soon, the Agency will only continue to infiltrate our vulnerable film and television screens—and our minds." —Tom Hayden, Los Angeles Review of Books "The book makes a strong case that the CIA should not be in Hollywood at all, but that if it is, it cannot pick and choose which movies it wishes to support. Well written and researched, this study examines a subject that has not received enough scholarly or critical attention. Highly recommended." —Choice "A fascinating, highly readable, and original new work. . . . Incorporating effective, illustrative case studies, The CIA in Hollywood is definitely recommended to students of film, media relations, the CIA, and U.S. interagency relations." —H-Net Reviews

Hollywood and the CIA

This book investigates representations of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Hollywood films, and the synergies between Hollywood product, U.S. military/defense interests and U.S. foreign policy.

Author: Oliver Boyd Barrett

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136806768

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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This book investigates representations of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Hollywood films, and the synergies between Hollywood product, U.S. military/defense interests and U.S. foreign policy. As probably the best known of the many different intelligence agencies of the US, the CIA is an exceptionally well known national and international icon or even "brand," one that exercises a powerful influence on the imagination of people throughout the world as well as on the creative minds of filmmakers. The book examines films sampled from five decades - the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s - and explores four main issues: the relative prominence of the CIA; the extent to which these films appeared to be overtly political; the degree to which they were favorable or unfavorable to the CIA; and their relative attitude to the "business" of intelligence. A final chapter considers the question: do these Hollywood texts appear to function ideologically to "normalize" the CIA? If so, might this suggest the further hypothesis that many CIA movies assist audiences with reconciling two sometimes fundamental opposites: often gruesome covert CIA activity for questionable goals and at enormous expense, on the one hand, and the values and procedures of democratic society, on the other. This interdisciplinary book will be of much interest to students of the CIA/Intelligence Studies, media and film studies, US politics and IR/Security Studies in general.

Argo

Argo by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio - the declassified CIA story behind the Oscar-winning film WINNER OF 'BEST PICTURE' AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS, THE BAFTAS AND THE GOLDEN GLOBES Tehran, November 1979.

Author: Antonio Mendez

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241964601

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Argo by Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio - the declassified CIA story behind the Oscar-winning film WINNER OF 'BEST PICTURE' AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS, THE BAFTAS AND THE GOLDEN GLOBES Tehran, November 1979. Militant students stormed the American embassy and held sixty Americans captive for a gruelling 444 days. But until now the CIA has never revealed the twist to the Iran Hostage Crisis: six Americans escaped. The escape plot was run by Antonio Mendez, head of the CIA's extraction team and a master of disguise. Mendez came up with an idea so daring and potentially foolish that it seemed destined for Hollywood... and indeed it was. He invented a fake sci-fi film called 'Argo' (from the actual name of the CIA mission, a reference to Jason and the Argonauts). After announcing the production to the movie industry, Mendez put together a team of real 1970s Hollywood actors, directors and producers - along with covert CIA officers. They would travel to revolutionary Iran under a foreign film visa, and while 'scouting locations' throughout the country they would track down the six Americans who were hiding out. After giving them false identities as part of the film crew, they would spirit them back across the border. One part 'Ocean's 11' and another part 'Black Hawk Down', Mendez's mind-bogglingly complicated and risky gamble paid off: each escapee was extracted without a shot being fired. Mendez is considered one of the greatest officers in CIA history. The story of this, his greatest mission, has never been told. Now an acclaimed film directed by and starring Ben Affleck, with Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman' Antonio Mendez was cited by Richard Clarke as one of the top two or three CIA agents in history. His He received the Intelligence Star for his rescue of six Americans from revolutionary Iran, and has received the CIA's Intelligence Medal of Merit and the Trailblazer Medallion. He continues to consult for the CIA. He and his wife, also a famed agent, were technical consultants on the television series 'The Agency' and founding board members of the International Spy Museum in Washington. Matt Baglio is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist. His writing appears regularly in the Daily Mail and the Associated Press.

Argo

A dramatic account of a lesser-known aspect of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis recalls how six of the intended American hostages escaped from Iranian militants and were rescued by the co-author and his unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood ...

Author: Antonio J. Mendez

Publisher: Penguin Paperbacks

ISBN: 9780147509734

Category: History

Page: 310

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A dramatic account of a lesser-known aspect of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis recalls how six of the intended American hostages escaped from Iranian militants and were rescued by the co-author and his unlikely team of CIA agents and Hollywood insiders during a high-risk mission in Tehran conducted in the guise of a movie scouting expedition.

Spooked

The book will also document how the CIA has embedded itself in “liberal” Hollywood to ensure that its fictional spies get the hero treatment on screen.

Author: Nicholas Schou

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1510703411

Category: Political Science

Page: 160

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The American people depend on a free press to keep a close and impartial watch on the national security operations that are carried out in our name. But in many cases, this trust is sadly misplaced, as leading journalists are seduced and manipulated by the secretive agencies they cover. While the press remains silent about its corrupting relationship with the intelligence community—a relationship that dates back to the Cold War—Spooking the News will blow the lid off this unseemly arrangement. Schou will name names and shine a spotlight on flagrant examples of collusion, when respected reporters have crossed the line and sold out to powerful agencies. The book will also document how the CIA has embedded itself in “liberal” Hollywood to ensure that its fictional spies get the hero treatment on screen. Among the revelations in Spooking the News: • The CIA created a special public affairs unit to influence the production of Hollywood films and TV shows, allowing celebrities involved in pro-CIA projects—including Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck—unique access inside the agency's headquarters. • The CIA vets articles on controversial topics like the drone assassination program and grants friendly reporters background briefings on classified material, while simultaneously prosecuting ex-officers who spill the beans on damaging information.

In Secrecy s Shadow

In Secrecy's Shadow provides the first comprehensive history of the birth and development of Hollywood's relationship with American intelligence.

Author: Simon Willmetts

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748693009

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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During the Second World War hundreds of Hollywood filmmakers under the command of the legendary director John Ford enlisted in the OSS to produce training, reconnaissance and propaganda films. This wartime bond continued into the post-war period, when a number of studios produced films advocating the creation of a permanent peacetime successor to the OSS: what became the Central Intelligence Agency. By the 1960s however, Hollywood's increasingly irreverent attitude towards the CIA reflected a growing public anxiety about excessive US government secrecy. In Secrecy's Shadow provides the first comprehensive history of the birth and development of Hollywood's relationship with American intelligence. It takes an interdisciplinary approach, synthesizing literatures and methodologies from diplomatic history, film studies and cultural theory, and it presents new perspectives on a number of major filmmakers including Darryl F. Zanuck, Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford. Based on research conducted in over 20 archival repositories across the United States and UK, In Secrecy's Shadow explores the revolution in the relationship between Hollywood and the secret state, from unwavering trust and cooperation to extreme scepticism and paranoia, and demonstrates the debilitating effects of secrecy upon public trust in government and the stability of national memory.

The Florida Hollywood Mob Connection the CIA and O J Simpson

Author: Alex Constantine

Publisher:

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Category: Drug traffic

Page: 39

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Operation Hollywood

Brandon , formerly an undercover CIA officer who spent twenty - five years in the
CIA ' s “ clandestine service ” working ... movie In the Company of Spies , which
starred Tom Berenger as a 150 * OPERATION HOLLYWOOD The Sum of All
Fears.

Author: David L. Robb

Publisher:

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Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

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Directors of war and action movies receive access to billions of dollars worth of military equipment and personnel, but it comes with a hidden cost. As a veteran Hollywood journalist shows, the final product is often not just what the director intends but also what the powers-that-be in the military want to project about America's armed forces.

Cloak Corkscrew Where CIA Meets Hollywood

Famous Hollywood actor Josh Penner works secretly for the CIA collecting intelligence on foreign dictators.

Author: Robert Eringer

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780984587735

Category: Fiction

Page: 278

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Famous Hollywood actor Josh Penner works secretly for the CIA collecting intelligence on foreign dictators. Charles Mulberry, a CIA officer overseeing the actor, has difficulties with his agent's ego, as they both work on a new assignment to stop a rogue spy.

Top Secret What 100 Brave Critics Say about Argo

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History.

Author: Ethan Hearding

Publisher: Lennex

ISBN: 9785458932851

Category:

Page: 44

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In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Argo: How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

National Security Cinema

This is a book about secrecy, militarism, manipulation, and censorship at the heart of the world's leading democracy-and about those who try to fight them.

Author: Matthew Alford

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781548084981

Category: Motion pictures

Page: 264

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This is a book about secrecy, militarism, manipulation, and censorship at the heart of the world's leading democracy-and about those who try to fight them. Using thousands of pages of documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act National Security Cinema exclusively reveals that the national security state-led by the CIA and Pentagon-has worked on more than eight-hundred Hollywood films and over a thousand network television shows. The latest scholarship has underestimated the size of this operation, in part because the government has gone to considerable lengths to prevent data emerging, especially in the 21st Century, as the practice of government-Hollywood cooperation has escalated and become more aggressive. National Security Cinema reveals for the first time specific script changes made by the government for political reasons on dozens of blockbusting films and franchises like Transformers, Avatar, Meet the Parents, and The Terminator. These forces have suppressed important narratives about: CIA drug trafficking; illegal arms sales; military creation of bio-weapons; the interaction of private armies and oil companies; government treatment of minorities; torture; coups; assassinations, and the failure to prevent 9/11.

The Hollywood Reporter

The recurrence of about a both agencies the workings half - dozen intelligence
figures were more alike of the CIA unifies the whole . than either would ( known
as the Although fascinating for its care to admit . Company to portraits of the men
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Hanging Out in Paris and Hollywood The Turbulent Journey of a Filmmaker

A journey for discovering the "meaning"" in life sometimes turns into a ""meaningless phase"" before moving to a new dimension.

Author: Aslam Ansari

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1387031902

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A journey for discovering the "meaning"" in life sometimes turns into a ""meaningless phase"" before moving to a new dimension.

The CIA

Hollywood spy characters may look exciting on the big screen . However , to the
real secret agents of the Central Intelligence Agency ( CIA ) , they are the stuff of
pure fantasy . Real spies work hard to go unnoticed . They spend many tough ...

Author: Philip Abraham

Publisher: Childrens Press

ISBN: 9780516243160

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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Discusses how the CIA was created and how it functions, as well as what it takes to work for the CIA.

Spy Dust

During a fascinating odyssey that began in Indochina fifteen years before and ends in a breathtakingly daring operation in the heart of the Kremlin's Palace of Congresses, Spy Dust catapults the reader from the Hindu Kush to Hollywood, from ...

Author: Antonio Mendez

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743434587

Category: True Crime

Page: 320

View: 812

From the author of the Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominated Argo, a true-life thriller set against the backdrop of the Cold War, which unveils the life of an American spy from the inside and dramatically reveals how the CIA reestablished the upper hand over the KGB in the intelligence war. From the author of the Golden Globe winner and Academy Award winner Argo... Moscow, 1988. The twilight of the Cold War. The KGB is at its most ruthless, and has now indisputably gained the upper hand over the CIA in the intelligence war. But no one knows how. Ten CIA agents and double-agents have gone missing in the last three years. They have either been executed or they are unaccounted for. At Langley, several theories circulate as to how the KGB seems suddenly to have become telepathic, predicting the CIA's every move. Some blame the defection of Edward Lee Howard three years before, and suspect that there are more high-placed moles to be unearthed. Others speculate that the KGB's surveillance successes have been heightened by the invention of an invisible electromagnetic powder that allows them to keep tabs on anyone who touches it: spy dust. CIA officers Tony Mendez and Jonna Goeser come together to head up a team of technical wizards and operational specialists, determined to solve the mystery that threatens to overshadow the Cold War's final act. Working against known and unknown hostile forces, as well as some unfriendly elements within the CIA, they devise controversial new operational methods and techniques to foil the KGB, and show the extraordinary lengths that US intelligence is willing to go to protect a source, then rescue him when his world starts to collapse. At the same time, Tony and Jonna find themselves falling deeply in love. During a fascinating odyssey that began in Indochina fifteen years before and ends in a breathtakingly daring operation in the heart of the Kremlin's Palace of Congresses, Spy Dust catapults the reader from the Hindu Kush to Hollywood, from Havana to Moscow, but cannot truly conclude until its protagonists are safely wedded in rural Maryland.

Brill s Content

THE CIA GOES HOLLYWOOD , TOO The Pentagon is not the only govern - the
new fall CBS series The Agency , a West ment organization that tries to Wing -
like rendition of the CIA . The series ' influence filmmakers . The FBI , the head
writer ...

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Not long into his tenure , he went to ABC News and told them a story that got their
sweeps - week glands salivating : The CIA had hired him to assassinate a
prisoner named Ronald Rewald . Scott told ABC that he was finking on the CIA
as a ...

Author: Rod Lurie

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 403

View: 833

An investigative reporter journeys into the dark side of Hollywood, describing the schemes of conman Jon Emr and his brutal murder

The Bulletin

The theme , we are told , is the after the fear and loathing and war games show
aired on US television recently , Into true nature of war and heroism . of recent
months , let's hear it for Amelie , the the Shadows : The CIA and Hollywood ,
exam If ...

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The Agency

With the international media encircling Hollywood’s favorite starlet, who would notice that the government had simultaneously authorized drilling in a controversial Alaskan wildlife preserve?Meet Caroline Madison, a C.I.A. operative who ...

Author: Melody Godfred

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780983806400

Category: Fiction

Page: 274

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Meet Caroline Madison, a CIA operative who is deep undercover running The Agency, the premier talent agency in Los Angeles. Using her Hollywood clout, CIA training and a network of special agents posing as actors, paparazzi and beyond, Caroline masterminds the latest form of propaganda : mass entertainment distraction. By secretly manipulating her celebrity clients, Caroline generates entertainment scandals that distract a gossip-hungry American public from politcal affairs. Caroline successfully navigates her dual identity until one day, her personal life is thrust into the limelight and she becomes the victim of her own design. As her two worlds collide, Caroline struggles to salvage what's left of her splintering identity in order to beat the system that created her.

The Moscow Rules

Intelligence work was effectively impossible. The Soviet threat loomed larger than ever. The Moscow Rules tells the story of the intelligence breakthroughs that turned the odds in America's favor.

Author: Antonio J. Mendez

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1541762177

Category: True Crime

Page: 272

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From the spymaster and inspiration for the movie Argo, discover the "real-life spy thriller" of the brilliant but under-supported CIA operatives who developed breakthrough spy tactics that helped turn the tide of the Cold War (Malcolm Nance). Antonio Mendez and his future wife Jonna were CIA operatives working to spy on Moscow in the late 1970s, at one of the most dangerous moments in the Cold War. Soviets kept files on all foreigners, studied their patterns, and tapped their phones. Intelligence work was effectively impossible. The Soviet threat loomed larger than ever. The Moscow Rules tells the story of the intelligence breakthroughs that turned the odds in America's favor. As experts in disguise, Antonio and Jonna were instrumental in developing a series of tactics -- Hollywood-inspired identity swaps, ingenious evasion techniques, and an armory of James Bond-style gadgets -- that allowed CIA officers to outmaneuver the KGB. As Russia again rises in opposition to America, this remarkable story is a tribute to those who risked everything for their country, and to the ingenuity that allowed them to succeed.