Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood (2009)

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Eight hundred German filmmakers (cast and crew) fled the Nazis in the 1930s. The film uses voice-overs, archival footage, and film clips to examine Berlin's vital filmmaking in the 1920s; ... See full summary »


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2 May 2016 | MartinHafer
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| Quite sad but very well made and informative.
This program was first broadcast on PBS and was shown tonight for the first time on Turner Classic Movies. It's a film about the exodus of German filmmakers and stars as a result of Nazi persecution and their subsequent careers and experiences abroad...particularly in Hollywood. It begins by discussing how powerful and successful the German film company, UFA, was and the various stars who were to become equally famous in America. Then it talks about the experiences many of these folks and other European nationals living in Nazi occupied Europe had in films--some very positive, some not so.

In general I really liked the program and thought it nearly perfect. However, a few times the program SAID things which were interesting theories but were presented as established facts...and that bothered me. The film "The Wolf Man" (1941) was, according to this documentary, "an allegory for Hitler and Germany"...and I, stupidly, thought it was about a guy who got bitten by a werewolf and who then became a werewolf! One of the folks interviewed also said that the monster films made during this era "weren't very good"...well, that also smacks of opinion...and one I strongly disagree with because I think they are wonderful films. So, take a bit of what they say in this one...and just enjoy which they get right which is most everything.

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