Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood
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Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood

By Kristin Thompson
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Ernst Lubitsch, the German film director who left Berlin for Hollywood in 1923, is best remembered for the famous "Lubitsch touch" in such masterpieces as Trouble in Paradise and Ninotchka, featuring Greta Garbo. Kristin Thompson's study focuses on Lubitsch's silent films from the years between 1918 and 1927, tracing the impact this director had on consolidating classical Hollywood filmmaking. She gives a new assessment of the stylistic two-way traffic between the American and the German film industries, after World War I each other's strongest rival in Europe. By 1919, Lubitsch had emerged as the finest proponent of the German studio style: sophisticated, urbane and thoroughly professionalized. He was quick to absorb 'American' innovations and stylistic traits, becoming the unique master of both systems and contributing to the golden ages of the American as well as the German cinema. Utilizing Lubitsch's silent films as a key to two great national cinemas, Thompson's meticulously illustrated and extensively researched book goes beyond an authorial study and breaks new ground in cinema history. Click on the PDF button to download the table of contents

De succesvolle Duitse filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch, die in de twintiger jaren Berlijn verruilde voor Hollywood, is vandaag de dag nog steeds bekend om meesterwerken als Ninotchka en The Shop around the Corner. De beroemde 'Lubitsch Touch', zoals men zijn unieke stijl karakteriseerde, werd bedacht door slimme studiobazen om Lubitsch als merknaam te poneren. In Herr Lubitsch goes to Hollywood bestudeert Kristin Thompson de stomme films die Ernst Lubitsch maakte tussen 1918 en 1927. Zijn vroege werk biedt een uniek uitgangspunt voor een vergelijking tussen de klassieke Hollywoord films uit die jaren en de Duitse films die gemaakt werden na de Eerste Wereldoorlog. Het resultaat is een diepgaande analyse van twee belangrijke filmstijlen in de levendige beginjaren van de filmgeschiedenis. Klik op de knop PDF om de inhoudsopgave in te zien.

Table of Contents
  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
    • Lubitsch: The Filmmakers’ Filmmaker
    • Lubitsch’s Place in Two National Cinemas
    • The Standard Story: Germany Escapes Hollywood’s Influence
  • Chapter One: Lubitsch’s Career
    • Studying the Conditions of Influence
    • Lubitsch and the German Film Industry
    • Lubitsch’s Reputation in the 1920s
    • Areas of Stylistic Influence
  • Chapter Two: Making the Light Come from the Story: Lighting
    • Different Lighting Equipment
    • Different Conceptions of Lighting
    • Lubitsch and the German Norm
    • Germany’s Discovery of Three-point Lighting
    • Lubitsch Masters Three-point Lighting in Hollywood
    • Three-point Lighting and Expressionism
  • Chapter Three: Subduing the Cluttered Background: Set Design
    • Classical Norms of Set Design
    • Lubitsch and German Set Design
    • Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood
    • Lubitsch’s Work with His Hollywood Art Directors
  • Chapter Four: Guiding the Viewer’s Attention: Editing
    • Lubitsch the Editor
    • Editing in Postwar German Films
    • Lubitsch’s Hollywood Films
  • Chapter Five: Peeking at the Players: Acting
    • The Survival of Pantomimic Acting in Post-War German Cinema
    • Lubitsch’s German Features
    • Lubitsch’s Hollywood Features
  • Chapter Six: Mutual Influences
    • Equipping for Influence: The Modernization of German Studios
    • German Cinema Goes Hollywood
    • Contemporary Discussions of American-Style Techniques
    • Distinctively German Devices and Their Impact
  • Epilogue: The Lubitsch Touch
  • Notes
  • Filmography
  • Index
  • Figures
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