Screening Transcendence: film Under Austrofascism And The Hollywood Hope, 1933-1938

May 1, 2018|
Screening Transcendence: film Under Austrofascism And The Hollywood Hope, 1933-1938 by Robert Dassanowsky
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During the 1930s, Austrian film production companies developed a process to navigate the competing demands of audiences in Nazi Germany and those found in broader Western markets. In Screening Transcendence, film historian Robert Dassanowsky explores how Austrian filmmakers during the Austrofascist period (1933-1938) developed two overlapping industries: "Aryanized" films for distribution in Germany, its largest market, and "Emigrantenfilm," which employed émigré and Jewish talent that appealed to international audiences.


Through detailed archival research in both Vienna and the United States, Dassanowsky reveals what was culturally, socially, and politically at stake in these two simultaneous and overlapping film industries. Influenced by French auteurism, admired by Italian cinephiles, and ardently remade by Hollywood, these period Austrian films demonstrate a distinctive regional style mixed with transnational influences.


Combining brilliant close readings of individual films with thoroughly informed historical and cultural observations, Dassanowsky presents the story of a nation and an industry mired in politics, power, and intrigue on the brink of Nazi occupation.

Robert Dassanowsky is Professor of German/Austrian Studies and Film at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. He is author of Austrian Cinema: A History, and editor of World Film Locations: Vienna, and Quentin Tarantino''s Inglourious Basterds: A Manipulation of Metafilm. He is also an independent film producer.
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Title:Screening Transcendence: film Under Austrofascism And The Hollywood Hope, 1933-1938
Format:Paper over Board
Product dimensions:444 pages, 10 X 7 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:444 pages, 10 X 7 X 0.98 in
Published:May 1, 2018
Publisher:Indiana University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780253033628

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