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Title: Osterreichische Filmschaffende im britischen Exil ab 1933
Author: Cargnelli, Christian
ISNI:       0000 0001 3520 0692
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2007
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This dissertation starts from the premise that the legacy of Austrian film exiles in the British film industry from 1933 through to the end of World War II and beyond has been largely neglected. Their contribution to production methods, to professional training and to technological development has often been ignored. In fact, Britain can be considered the country benefiting most from the diaspora of Continental film personnel. The dissertation explores in what way the influence of exiles can be appropriately assessed. The fact that the number ofemigres in the British film industry increased dramatically after 1933 does not necessarily entail that their actual influence increased accordingly. Influence can be assessed at the level ofreceptiOIi, in other words what films, stars and directors attained the greatest number of audiences and/or critical attention, and at the level ofproduction, including specific studio t practices. As far as the 'influence' on narrative content and visual style is concerned, only a thorough analysis of individual cases and a study of production practices can establish how far 'authorial' control among emigres actually extended. Consequently, it is necessary to tum to a number of specific case studies to explore and dissect the role of Austrian exiles: Paul L. Stein (director), Robert Neumann (author and screenwriter), Wolf Suschitzky (director of photography), Carl Esmond (actor), Peter Lorre (actor), and Rudolph Cartier (director and producer). In analysing their contribution to British film, this dissertation sets out to problematise the often-made assumption that their 'cultural baggage' and/or professional training in German film enabled them to successfully employ these experiences in the UK.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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