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Driven to darkness; Jewish emigre directors and the rise of film noir.


Driven to darkness; Jewish emigre directors and the rise of film noir.

Brook, Vincent.

Rutgers U. Press


285 pages




"...And they shall be driven to darkness" (Isaiah 8:22) aptly describes the dark themes of German and Austrian Jewish film directors who fled Nazi Europe. Brook (media and cultural studies, U. of California, Los Angeles; U. of Southern California) chronicles the under-estimated contributions to the evolution of the film noir genre by emigres including Fritz Lang, Billy Wilder, Otto Preminger, Max Ophuls, and John Brahm (who directed episodes of The Twilight Zone among other TV series in the 1950s-1960s). The book includes movie stills and a filmography.

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Date:May 1, 2010
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