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

TV Movie | 90 min | Documentary

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, ...See moreEight 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 See less
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Peter Rodgers Melnick (as Peter Melnick)
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Sigourney Weaver
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Scott Subiono
Hans Salter (voice) Hans Salter (voice)   See fewer
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Sewell Whitney
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Scott Beehner
Henry Koster (voice) Henry Koster (voice)   See fewer
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George Alvarez
Curt Siodmak (voice) Curt Siodmak (voice)   See fewer
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Josh Nathan
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Kristin Lindquist
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Lynne Maclean
Boszi Sakall (voice) Boszi Sakall (voice)   See fewer
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Robert Maffia
Erich Pommer (voice) Erich Pommer (voice)   See fewer
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Vaughn Armstrong
Ernst Lubitsch (voice) Ernst Lubitsch (voice)   See fewer
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Lesli Margherita
Kitty Koster (voice) Kitty Koster (voice)   See fewer
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Raphael Sbarge
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Kevin Fabian
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Marlene Dietrich
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Deanna Durbin
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John Garfield
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Paul Henreid
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Adolf Hitler
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Henry Koster
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Hedy Lamarr
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Elsa Lanchester
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Charles Laughton
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Peter Lorre
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Ernst Lubitsch
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Josef A. Pasternack
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S.Z. Sakall
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Ann Sheridan
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Lupita Tovar
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7.8 / 10 | 157 votes