The 1950s saw the rise of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and modern jazz. There was also the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II — currently Britain's longest-serving monarch. In cinema, shows started to go in many different directions, with groundbreaking films from directors like Alfred Hitchcock and Akira Kurosawa and the beginning of the French New Wave movement. Science fiction became a wildly popular genre, and spectacular epics like Ben-Hur thrived.
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In the United States in the late 1940s and the early part of the 1950s, the Cold War created a culture of the fear of communism infiltrating America, and this had a significant impact on the American film industry. Anti-communist films were produced, and conservative groups attempted to weed out movies that were considered morally unacceptable or politically subversive.
In 1947, the Congressional House Un-American Activities Committee cited ten Hollywood writers and directors for contempt of Congress for refusal to testify, and the period of blacklisting began. Individuals suspected of being communists or associating with communists were denied work, resulting in a period of stifled creativity. In addition, movies were starting to compete with televisions, which were becoming more common in average homes. Eventually, the industry rebounded, and the Supreme Court declared that motion pictures were a form of art and therefore protected by the first amendment.
Film noir became a popular genre, and color was much more common. The 1950s continued to play a substantial role in what’s considered the classical Hollywood era.
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