The CIA in Hollywood : how the agency shapes film and television

by Jenkins, Tricia.

Format: Print Book 2012
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PN1995.9.S68 J46 2012
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PN1995.9.S68 J46 2012
What's your impression of the CIA? A bumbling agency that can't protect its own spies? A rogue organization prone to covert operations and assassinations? Or a dedicated public service that advances the interests of the United States? Astute TV and movie viewers may have noticed that the CIA's image in popular media has spanned this entire range, with a decided shift to more positive portrayals in recent years. But what very few people know is that the Central Intelligence Agency has been actively engaged in shaping the content of film and television, especially since it established an entertainment industry liaison program in the mid-1990s. The CIA in Hollywood offers the first full-scale investigation of the relationship between the Agency and the film and television industries. Tricia Jenkins draws on numerous interviews with the CIA's public affairs staff, operations officers, and historians, as well as with Hollywood technical consultants, producers, and screenwriters who have worked with the Agency, to uncover the nature of the CIA's role in Hollywood. In particular, she delves into the Agency's and its officers' involvement in the production of The Agency, In the Company of Spies, Alias, The Recruit, The Sum of All Fears, Enemy of the State, Syriana, The Good Shepherd, and more. Her research reveals the significant influence that the CIA now wields in Hollywood and raises important and troubling questions about the ethics and legality of a government agency using popular media to manipulate its public image.
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Subjects United States. -- Central Intelligence Agency -- In motion pictures.
United States. -- Central Intelligence Agency -- Influence.
Spy films -- United States -- History and criticism.
Espionage in motion pictures.
Motion pictures -- Political aspects -- United States.
Motion picture industry -- United States.
Spy television programs -- United States -- History and criticism.
Publisher Austin :University of Texas Press,2012
Edition 1st ed.
Other Titles Central Intelligence Agency in Hollywood
Language English
Description 167 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [139]-164) and index.
ISBN 9780292728615 (cloth : alk. paper)
0292728611 (cloth : alk. paper)
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