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

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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Credited cast:
Sigourney Weaver ... Narrator (voice)
Scott Subiono ... Hans Salter (voice)
Sewell Whitney ... Reporter / Bertolt Brecht (voice)
Scott Beehner ... Henry Koster (voice)
George Alvarez George Alvarez ... Curt Siodmak (voice)
Josh Nathan Josh Nathan ... Frederick Hollander (voice)
Kristin Lindquist ... Salka Viertel (voice)
Lynne Maclean Lynne Maclean ... Boszi Sakall (voice)
Robert Maffia ... Erich Pommer (voice)
Vaughn Armstrong ... Ernst Lubitsch (voice)
Lesli Margherita ... Kitty Koster (voice)
Raphael Sbarge ... Translator (voice)
Kevin Fabian ... Miklos Rozsa (voice)
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Marlene Dietrich ... Herself (archive footage)
Deanna Durbin ... Herself (archive footage)
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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; then it follows a producer, directors, composers, editors, writers, and actors to Hollywood: some succeeded and many found no work. Among those profiled are Erich Pommer, Joseph May, Ernst Lubitsch, Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, and Peter Lorre. Once in Hollywood, these exiles helped each other, housed new arrivals, and raised money so others could escape. Some worked on anti-Nazi films, like Casablanca. The themes and lighting of German Expressionism gave rise in Hollywood to film noir. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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1 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Very Good Documentary
3 May 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

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

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Sigorney Weaver narrates this well-made documentary that takes a look at the impact Hitler and his Nazi party had on the talented group of filmmakers who soon fled Germany and headed to the United States.

If you're a film but then you're certainly going to love this documentary as it starts off talking about various German films and the impact they had on their country and others. We then hear about the rise of the Nazi party and how the money dried up in Germany, which had filmmakers like Fritz Lang, Marlene Dietrich, Peter Lorre, Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder and others heading to America. Once in America we see how the talent got along in the Hollywood system and what they did once World War II started.

There's a lot of great footage to countless movies but there are also some great archival interviews from the filmmakers themselves. There's a lot of great information here as well as some great footage of the celebrities working benefits during WW2.


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