Item description for Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood: German and American Film after World War I (Amsterdam University Press - Film Culture in Transition) by Kristin Thompson...
Ernst Lubitsch, the German filmmaker who left Berlin for Hollywood in the 1920s, is best remembered today for the famous "Lubitsch touch" in such masterpieces as Ninotchka, which featured Greta Garbo's first-ever screen smile, and Heaven Can Wait. Kristin Thompson's study analyzes Lubitsch's earlier silent films of 1918 to 1927 in order to trace the mutual influences between the classical Hollywood film style as it had evolved in the 1910s and the German film industry of the same period, which had emerged from World War I second in strength only to Hollywood.
During World War I, American firms supplied theaters around the world as French and Italian films had become scarce. Ironically, the war strengthened German filmmaking due to a ban on imports that lasted until 1921. During that period of isolation, Lubitsch became the finest proponent of German filmmaking and once Hollywood films appeared in Germany again Lubitsch was quick to absorb their stylistic traits as well. He soon became the unique master of both styles as the golden ages of the American and German cinema were beginning. This innovative study utilizes Lubitsch's silent films as a means to compare two great national cinemas at a vital formative period in cinema history.
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Studio: Amsterdam University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.5" Width: 6.5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1.25 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2005
Publisher Amsterdam University Press
ISBN 9053567097 ISBN13 9789053567098
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More About Kristin Thompson
Kristin Thompson is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a master's degree in film from the University of Iowa and a doctorate in film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has published "Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible: A Neoformalist Analysis" (Princeton University Press, 1981), "Exporting Entertainment: America in the World Film Market 1907-1934" (British Film Institute, 1985), "Breaking the Glass Armor: Neoformalist Film Analysis" (Princeton University Press, 1988), "Wooster Proposes, Jeeves Disposes, or, Le Mot Juste" (James H. Heineman, 1992), "Storytelling in the New Hollywood: Understanding Classical Narrative Technique" (Harvard University Press, 1999), "Storytelling in Film and Television" (Harvard University Press, 2003), "Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood: German and American Film after World War I" (Amsterdam University Press, 2005), and "The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood" (University of California Press, 2007). She blogs with David at www.davidbordwell.net/blog. She maintains her own blog, "The Frodo Franchise," at www.kristinthompson.net/blog. In her spare time she studies Egyptology.
Kristin Thompson currently resides in the state of Wisconsin. Kristin Thompson was born in 1950 and has an academic affiliation as follows - UNIV OF WISC MADISON.