chapter  7
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Popular Culture

Th e heavy hand of win-the-war bureaucracy was ubiquitous during World War II, making popular culture and the war eff ort virtually inseparable. All media were working under the constraints of “maintaining morale,” and the adage that politics and art make for wretched bedfellows is painfully obvious in the great quantity of bad fi lms that were made about the war and in the creation of a musical canon that was virtually unlistenable. It is encouraging that audiences approached these art forms with a sophistication that oft en frustrated the offi cial government line.