Destination London: German-Speaking Emigrés and British Cinema, 1925-1950

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Tim Bergfelder, Christian Cargnelli
Berghahn Books, Aug 30, 2008 - Performing Arts - 272 pages
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The legacy of emigrés in the British film industry, from the silent film era until after the Second World War, has been largely neglected in the scholarly literature. Destination London is the first book to redress this imbalance. Focusing on areas such as exile, genre, technological transfer, professional training and education, cross-cultural exchange and representation, it begins by mapping the reasons for this neglect before examining the contributions made to British cinema by emigré directors, actors, screenwriters, cinematographers, set designers, and composers. It goes on to assess the cultural and economic contexts of transnational industry collaborations in the 1920s, artistic cosmopolitanism in the 1930s, and anti-Nazi propaganda in the 1940s.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1Introduction
1
Chapter 2Life is a Variety TheatreEA Duponts Career in German and British Cinema
24
Chapter 3Geza Von Bolvary Arnold Ridley and Film Europe
36
Chapter 4Inside the Robots Castle
47
Chapter 5Flamboyant Realism
62
Chapter 6Famously Unknown
78
Chapter 7German or still more Horrible Thought Russianat any Rate It is UnEnglish
89
Chapter 8Extending Frames and Exploring Spaces
100
Chapter 12Anton Walbrook
155
Chapter 13From Alien Person to Darling Lilli
172
Chapter 14You Call Us Germans You Call Us Brothers
181
Chapter 15Carl Mayer
195
Chapter 16Music for the People
204
Chapter 17I Know Where Im Going
220
Chapter 18An Animated Quest for Freedom
230
Notes on Contributors
243

Chapter 9Lost in Siberia
111
Chapter 10Be Kvite Kviet Everybody Please
123
Chapter 11Allegories of Displacement
142

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Tim Bergfelder is Professor in Film at the University of Southampton. He is the author of International Adventures: Popular German Cinema and European Co-Productions in the 1960s (2005). His co-edited or co-authored volumes include The German Cinema Book (2002), The Titanic in Myth and Memory: Representations in Visual and Literary Culture (2004), and Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination (2007).

Christian Cargnelli is a film historian based in Vienna and teaches film history at the University of Vienna. He holds a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Southampton and has published widely on film exile and exile film. His co-edited volumes include Aufbruch ins Ungewisse: terreichische Filmschaffende in der Emigration vor 1945 (1993), Schatten. Exil: Europäiche Emigranten im Film Noir (1997), and Carl Mayer, Scenar[t]ist (2003). He is the editor of Gustav Machaty - Ein Filmregisseur zwischen Prag und Hollywood (2005).

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