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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, 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.

  1. Karen Thomas

    Director, Writer

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  1. Sigourney Weaver

    Sigourney Weaver

    Narrator

  2. Marlene Dietrich

    Marlene Dietrich

    Herself (archive footage)

  3. Hedy Lamarr

    Hedy Lamarr

    Herself (archive footage)

  4. Elsa Lanchester

    Elsa Lanchester

    Herself (archive footage)

  5. Peter Lorre

    Peter Lorre

    Himself (archive footage)

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Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood

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  • January 1, 2009
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 57m

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