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Winner of the 2000 Prix Jean Mitry. A volume of specially-commissioned essays dealing with the attempts to create a pan-European film production movement in the 1920s and 1930s, and the reactions of the American film industry to these plans to rival its hegemony. The book has an impressive array of top scholars from both America and Europe, including Thomas Elsaesser, Kristin Thompson and Ginette Vincendeau, as well as essays by some younger scholars who have recently completed new archival research. It also includes a number of primary documents selected by the contributors to illuminate their arguments and provide a stimulus to further research.
About the Author
Andrew Higson has been a member of the Film and Televisions Studies academic staff at the University of East Anglia since 1986, and was made a Professor of Film Studies in 2000. From 1991 to 1998, he was chair of the Film Studies sector; in August 2002, he took over as Dean of the School of English and American Studies. When this School was dissolved in 2004, he became the inaugral Head of the new School of Film and Television Studies. He is the author of Waving the Flag: Constructing a National Cinema in Britain, and editor of Dissolving Views: Key Writings on British Cinema Richard Maltby is Associate Professor and Head of the School of Humanities at Flinders University, Adelaide. Prior to moving to Australia, he lived in the UK, where he established the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture at the University of Exeter, before becoming Research Professor in Film Studies at Sheffield Hallam University. He is the author of numerous articles on American cinema and popular culture and books on the history of American cinema including Hollywood Cinema: an Introduction
Table of ContentsIntroduction 1. "
Temporary American citizens"
- cultural anxieties and industrial strategies in the Americanization of European cinema, Richard Maltby and Ruth Vasey 2. The rise and fall of film Europe, Kristin Thompson 3. The cinema and the League of Nations, Richard Maltby 4. Film Europe - cultural policy and industrial practice, Andrew Higson 5. Options for American foreign distribution - United Artists in Europe, 1919-1930, Mike Walsh 6. Germany and film Europe, Thomas J. Saunders 7. Hollywood's "foreign war" - the effect of national commercial policy on the emergence of the American film hegemony in France 1920-1929, Jean Ulff-Moller 8. Hollywood Babel -the coming of sound and the multiple language version, Ginette Vincendeau 9. Hollywood's hegemonic strategies - overcoming French nationalism with the advent of sound, Martine Danan 10. Made in Germany - multi-lingual versions and the early German sound cinema, Joseph Garncarz 11. Polyglot films for an international market - E.A. Dupont, the British film industry and the idea of a European cinema, 1926-1930, Andrew Higson 12. Negotiating exoticism -Hollywood, film Europe and the cultural reception of Anna May Wong, Tim Bergfelder