Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950
Paperback, 128 pages
From classic films such as Casablanca to anti-Nazi films, comedy, and film noir, American cinema in the 1930s and 1940s was a tool of political engagement and creative expression. German-speaking directors, actors, writers, and composers who fled Nazi Europe and found refuge in America helped to pioneer this Golden Age of Hollywood.
Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 explores the contributions of these visionary émigrés during these difficult times, when democratic ideals were fervently debated and defended. Light & Noir is inspired by the twin genres of comedy and film noir, illuminating both the hopes and challenges of adjusting to a new culture in the midst of a world in upheaval.