This study is a major appraisal of the contributions of German-speaking emigres to British cinema from the late 1920s to the end of World War II. Through a series of film analyses and case studies, it challenges notions of a self-sufficient British national cinema by advancing the assumption that filmmakers from Berlin, Munich and Vienna had a major influence on aesthetics, themes and narratives, technical innovation, the organisation of work and the introduction of apprenticeship schemes. Whether they came voluntarily or as refugees, their contributions and expertise helped to consolidate the studio system and ultimately made possible the establishment of a viable British film industry.
Hochscherf talks about such figures as Ewald Andre Dupont, Alfred Junge, Oscar Werndorff, Mutz Greenbaum and Werner Brandes, and such companies as Korda's London Film Productions, Powell and Pressburger's The Archers and Michael Balcon's Gaumont-British. -- .
Tobias Hochscherf is Professor of Audiovisual Media at the University of Applied Sciences Kiel in Germany. -- .
List of illustrations Acknowedgments 1. Introduction 2. Transnational developments and migrants: the internationalisation of British studios, 1927-33 Film Europe as prerequisite: transnational networks in European cinema The thriving film industry in the UK and the UFA crisis Elstree as centre of immigration: Ewald Andre Dupont and BIP A new job for everyone? Immigration and the employment strategies of British production companies in the late 1920s Internationalism and the 'unpleasant emotional appeal': Cosmopolitan emigre films and their reception in Britain 3. Refugees from the Third Reich: 1933-39 British immigration policies and the internment of emigres London's emigre community and exile film genres Emigres and politics: censorship and propaganda before the war Emigres and displacement: Representations of the diaspora and recollections of the Heimat Resentment and protectionism: Public opinion and the Association of Cinematograph Technicians (ACT) 4. 'What a difference a war makes': German-speaking 'enemy aliens' and valuable allies, 1939-45 British anti-Nazi films and German-speaking personnel Representations of emigres after the declaration of war 5. Conclusions: The Legacy of German-speaking Filmmakers in Britain Afterthought: Postwar Emigre Careers and the Question of Remigration, 1945-49 Sources Select bibliography -- .