Hollywood Tiki: Film in the Era of the Pineapple Cocktail

Hollywood Tiki: Film in the Era of the Pineapple Cocktail

Hollywood Tiki is a cocktail romp of delightful nostalgia

Tiki Culture arose as the defining expression of American pop culture during World War II and its influence continued through the 1960s. The essence of Tiki featured heavily in films of the era, depicting palm-tree and cocktail-laden escapes that captivated audiences nationwide. Films like South Pacific and The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit were a hodgepodge of jungle imagery and World War II Pacific theater memories. A fascination with the new State of Hawaii was reflected in Elvis’s Blue Hawaii, while balmy youth flicks like Beach Blanket Bingo and Gidget showcased surf, sun and fun.

Join authors Jason Henderson and Adam Foshko as they explore films about the experiences of war filtered through the tropical splendor that defined an era.

tiki is a carved wooden or stone object depicting a human-like figure. They are found in Polynesian cultures in the Pacific Islands. The carvings often serve to mark the boundaries of sacred sites. The term is also used in Māori mythology, where Tiki is the first man.

Adam Foshko is an award-winning screenwriter, director and world builder who has worked on the long-running Call of Duty, Skylanders and Destiny franchises, as well as with HBO, MGM and DreamWorks. Jason Henderson is a Locus Bestselling author, WGA Screenwriting Award nominee and a Texas Lone Star List recipient for his Alex Van Helsing series. He is the host of the Castle of Horror/Castle Talk podcast and is the editor of the biannual Castle of Horror Anthology series and the editor of Nightwalkers, a history of horror.

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