Red Hollywood ★★★½

Less formally stimulating than Los Angeles Plays Itself but still a great work of criticism, illuminating the sometimes shocking levels of socialist belief that animated Depression-era and wartime cinema and the oppressive reassertion of capitalist norms after the war, both on screen and behind the camera. It's uncomfortably applicable to contemporary fights between emergent threads of fascism and socialism, from the grotesque truth that Congress and the system at large will throw its support behind fascism well before it upholds socialism, to the inherent, deeply ingrained prejudices held by many progressives that show them frequently airing sexist and racist beliefs they might not even realize they hold.