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Title:
Exiles in Hollywood : major European film directors in America
Author:
Phillips, Gene D.
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Publication Information:
Bethlehem : Lehigh University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, [1998]

©1998
Physical Description:
257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The promised land : European filmmakers in Hollywood -- Fritz Lang -- William Wyler -- Otto Preminger -- Fred Zinnemann -- Billy Wilder -- Exiles in Eden : mature moviemakers.
ISBN:
9780934223492
Format :
Book

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Central Library PN1998.2 .P54 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

The book deals with five European film directors who were forced to remain in exile in the wake of the rise of Hitler and who subsequently enriched the American motion picture industry with a reservoir of new talent that had been nurtured in Europe. The directors treated are Fritz Lang, William Wyler, Otto Preminger, Fred Zinnemann, and Billy Wilder.


Author Notes

Gene D. Phillips is a professor of English and film at Loyola University. He lives in Chicago, IL.


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Phillips (Loyola Univ.) has written a detailed study of five award-winning directors who left Germany or Austria in the 1920s or '30s to make a living in Hollywood: Fritz Lang, William Wyler, Otto Preminger, Fred Zinnemann, and Billy Wilder. Unlike John Russell Taylor's encyclopedic Strangers in Paradise (1983), which devotes only a couple of pages to some directors, this volume gives some 40 pages to each man, discussing major themes and how they are reflected in the director's important films. Since he was able to interview each director, Phillips can make accurate observations about their intentions. The significance of Lang's M and The Big Heat; Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives and Ben Hur; Preminger's Laura and Anatomy of a Murder; Zinnemann's High Noon and The Man for All Seasons; and Wilder's Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, and Some Like It Hot speak for themselves. The book is enhanced by 12 pages of chapter notes, ten pages of bibliography, four pages of filmography, and an eight-page index. All undergraduate, graduate, and professional film collections. R. Blackwood; City Colleges of Chicago


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