Continental Strangers: German Exile Cinema, 1933-1951

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byGerd Gemünden

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Hundreds of German-speaking film professionals took refuge in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s, making a lasting contribution to American cinema. Hailing from Austria, Hungary, Poland, Russia, and the Ukraine, as well as Germany, and including Ernst Lubitsch, Fred Zinnemann, Billy Wilder, and Fritz Lang, these multicultural, multilingual writers and directors betrayed distinct cultural sensibilities in their art. Gerd Gemünden focuses on Edgar G. Ulmer's The Black Cat (1934), William Dieterle's The Life of Emile Zola (1937), Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not to Be (1942), Bertold Brecht and Fritz Lang's Hangmen Also Die (1943), Fred Zinneman's Act of Violence (1948), and Peter Lorre's Der Verlorene (1951), engaging with issues of realism, auteurism, and genre while tracing the relationship between film and history, Hollywood politics and censorship, and exile and (re)migration.

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Hundreds of German-speaking film professionals took refuge in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s, making a lasting contribution to American cinema. Hailing from Austria, Hungary, Poland, Russia, and the Ukraine, as well as Germany, and including Ernst Lubitsch, Fred Zinnemann, Billy Wilder, and Fritz Lang, these multicultural, multil...

Gerd Gemünden is the Sherman Fairchild Professor in the Humanities at Dartmouth College.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 18, 2014Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Parallel Modernities
1. A History of Horror
2. Tales of Urgency and Authenticity
Part II: Hitler in Hollywood
3. Performing Resistance, Resisting Performance
4. History as Propaganda and Parable
Part III: You Can't Go Home Again
5. Out of the Past
6. The Failure of Atonement
Epilogue
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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A welcome and well-researched survey.