Driven to Darkness: Jewish Emigre Directors and the Rise of Film Noir

Driven to Darkness: Jewish Emigre Directors and the Rise of Film Noir

by Vincent Brook
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813546303

ISBN-13: 9780813546308

Pub. Date: 11/01/2009

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

From its earliest days, the American film industry has attracted European artists. With the rise of Hitler, filmmakers of conscience in Germany and other countries, particularly those of Jewish origin, found it difficult to survive and fled—for their work and their lives—to the United States. Some had trouble adapting to Hollywood, but many were

Overview

From its earliest days, the American film industry has attracted European artists. With the rise of Hitler, filmmakers of conscience in Germany and other countries, particularly those of Jewish origin, found it difficult to survive and fled—for their work and their lives—to the United States. Some had trouble adapting to Hollywood, but many were celebrated for their cinematic contributions, especially to the dark shadows of film noir.

Driven to Darkness explores the influence of Jewish TmigrT directors and the development of this genre. While filmmakers such as Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, and Edward G. Ulmer have been acknowledged as crucial to the noir canon, the impact of their Jewishness on their work has remained largely unexamined until now. Through lively and original analyses of key films, Vincent Brook penetrates the darkness, shedding new light on this popular film form and the artists who helped create it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813546308
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Jews in Germany
3 Jews and Expressionism
4 The Father of Film Noir
5 Fritz Lang in Hollywood
6 The French Connection
7 Viennese Twins
8 The ABZs of Film Noir
9 Woman's Directors
10 Pathological Noir, Populist Noir, and an Act of Violence
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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