City of Darkness, City of Light

City of Darkness, City of Light

By Alastair Phillips
Book Description

This title is the first ever book-length study of the cinematic representation of Paris in the films of German emigré filmmakers, who found there a first refuge from Hitler. In coming to Paris - the privileged site in terms of production, exhibition as well as the cinematic imaginary of French film culture - these experienced film professionals encountered also a darker side: hostility toward Germans, anti-Semitism, as well as boycotts from French industry personnel, afraid of losing their jobs to foreigners. The book juxtaposes the cinematic portrayal of Paris in the films of Robert Siodmak, Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang, Max Ophüls, Anatol Litvak and others with the wider social and cultural debates about the city in the cinema.

City of Darkness, City of Light is de eerste monografie over de representatie van Parijs in de films van uitgeweken Duitse filmmakers die tijdens Hitlers bewind hun toevlucht zochten in de 'Lichtstad'. Met hun komst naar Parijs - de plaats bij uitstek voor de productie, vertoning en de verbeelding van de Franse filmcultuur - leerden deze ervaren filmprofessionals ook de keerzijde van de stad kennen: een vijandige houding jegens Duitsers, anti-semitisme en boycots van Fransen die werkzaam waren in de filmindustrie en bang waren hun baan te verliezen aan de buitenlanders. City of Darkness, City of Light vergelijkt de cinematografische verbeelding van Parijs in de films van Robert Siodmak, Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang, Max Ophüls, Anatol Litvak en vele anderen met de bredere sociale en culturele debatten over de stad in de cinema.

Table of Contents
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter One: Introduction
    • Diversity and Exchange – Rethinking the National in European Cinema
    • Cinema and the City
    • Paris and the 1930s
    • Paris and French Cinema of the 1930s
    • France and the Émigrés
    • City of Darkness, City of Light
  • Chapter Two: The City in Context
    • An Historical Ambivalence
    • Modernity and the City
    • National Boundaries and Early European Sound Cinema
    • Paris as Staging Ground for the Early Sound Wars
    • Berlin as Prestige Model and Place of Work for French Film Industry Professionals
    • Patterns of Exile and Emigration in the Pre-Nazi Era: The Russians and their Relationships to Paris and Berlin
    • Trade and Economic Emigration from Berlin to Paris before 1933
    • Case Study One: Anatole Litvak
    • Case Study Two: Kurt Courant
    • The Rise of the Nazis in Berlin and the Politics of Departure
    • The Place of Jews in Paris
    • Reception: The Émigrés’ Arrival in Paris
    • Reception: The French Film Industry
    • Case Study Three: Erich Pommer
    • Case Study Four: Robert Siodmak
  • Chapter Three: City of Light
    • Paris as Spectacle
    • Paris and the Spectacle of Entertainment
    • Parisian Journeys Across Time and Space
  • Chapter Four: City of Darkness
    • The Camera Goes Down the Streets: ‘The Hidden Spirit Under the Familiar Façade’
    • Framing the Urban Decor – The Émigrés and Poetic Realism
    • Spaces of Crime and Pleasure in the City of Darkness
    • Parisian Journeys Between the Past and the Present
  • Chapter Five: Divided City
    • The Divided City in Context
    • Divided Characters, Divided City
    • Journeys Across the Divided City
  • Chapter Six: Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Appendices
    • Appendix One: Tobis In Paris Filmography 1929-1939
    • Appendix Two: Osso Filmography 1930-1939
    • Appendix Three: Anatole Litvak Filmography 1930-1936
    • Appendix Four: Kurt Courant Filmography 1929-1939
    • Appendix Five: Erich Pommer French-Language Filmography 1930-1934
    • Appendix Six: Robert Siodmak French-Language Filmography 1931-1939
    • Appendix Seven: Nero Films Filmography 1930-1939
    • Appendix Eight: La Crise est finie
    • Appendix Nine: La Vie Parisienne
    • Appendix Ten: Mauvaise graine
    • Appendix Eleven: Coeur de lilas
    • Appendix Twelve: Dans les rues
    • Appendix Thirteen: Carrefour
    • Appendix Fourteen: Pièges
    • Appendix Fifteen: Liliom
  • Filmography
  • Bibliography
  • Index
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