Driven to Darkness

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Driven to Darkness

By Vincent Brook

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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 fledùfor their work and their livesùto 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.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Radio, Television & Film -> Television & Film Criticism/Rhetoric

Driven to Darkness
Publisher: Rutgers University Press 9/18/09
Imprint: Rutgers University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0813548330
ISBN 13: 9780813548333
Print ISBN: 9780813546292

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