Paper $39.00 ISBN: 9780859895460 Published January 1999 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

’Film Europe’ And ’Film America’

Cinema, Commerce and Cultural Exchange 1920-1939

Edited by Andrew Higson and Richard Maltby

’Film Europe’ And ’Film America’

Edited by Andrew Higson and Richard Maltby

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

400 pages | 9 1/10 x 6 1/10 | © 1999
Paper $39.00 ISBN: 9780859895460 Published January 1999 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
A volume of specially-commissioned essays dealing with the attempts to create a pan-European film production movement in the 1920s and 1930s, and the reactions of the American film industry to these plans to rival its hegemony. The book has an impressive array of top scholars from both America and Europe, including Thomas Elsaesser, Kristin Thompson and Ginette Vincendeau, as well as essays by some younger scholars who have recently completed new archival research. It also includes a number of primary documents selected by the contributors to illuminate their arguments and provide a stimulus to further research.
This book is a volume in the series Exeter Studies in Film History, and represents a major contribution to cinema scholarship as well as reflecting a strong interest in an area of study currently being developed in university departments and at the British Film Institute.
Winner Prix Jean Mitry 2000
Notes on Contributors
1.    "Film Europe" and "Film America": An Introduction 
          Andrew Higson and Richard Maltby

2.    "Temporary American Citizens": Cultural Anxieties and Industrial Strategies in the Americanisation of European Cinema
          Richard Maltby and Ruth Vasey

3.    The Rise and Fall of Film Europe 
          Kristin Thompson

4.    The Cinema and the League of Nations
          Richard Maltby

5.    Cultural Policy and Industrial Practice: Film Europe and the International Film Congresses of the 1920s
          Andrew Higson

6.    Options for American Foreign Distribution: United Artists in Europe, 1919-1930
          Mike Walsh
7.    Germany and Film Europe
          Thomas J. Saunders
8.    Hollywood’s "Foreign War": The Effect of National Commercial Policy on the Emergence of the American Film Hegemony in France, 1920-1929
          Jens Ulff-Møller

9.    Hollywood Babel: The Coming of Sound and the Multiple Language Version
          Ginette Vincendeau

10.  Hollywood’s Hegemonic Strategies: Overcoming French Nationalism with the Advent of Sound  
          Martine Danan

11.  Made in Germany: Multiple-Language Versions and the Early German Sound Cinema
          Joseph Garncarz

12.  Polyglot Films for an International Market: E.A. Dupont, the British Film Industry and the Idea of a European Cinema
          Andrew Higson

13.  Negotiating Exoticism: Hollywood, Film Europe and the Cultural Reception of Anna May Wong
          Tim Bergfelder
    List of Documents
    Group 1: German Conceptions of "Film Europe"
    Group 2: Kontingents, Quotas and the American Response
    Group 3: European Access to the American Market and the International Film: J.D. Williams and Erich Pommer
Review Quotes
Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies

“Higson and Maltby’s work provides a much needed contribution to the limited scholarly work on film distribution history . . . ‘Film Europe’ and ‘Film America’ presents a major addition to film scholarship and, hopefully, will instigate further research in this area of cinema studies.” –Scope: An Online Journal of Film Studies, 2001

Screening the Past
“An interesting and useful anthology which focuses on various discourses surrounding the possibility of coordinated European efforts to offset the dominance of the American film industry in the 1920s ... relevant not only for film historians, but also for those whose work centres on considerations of globalisation and cultural exchange more broadly.” –Screening the Past, May 2000
English Historical Review
“Usefully situates national developments, movements and cinematic expressions of local cultures in a broader international context, analysing the process of reciprocity, collaboration, exchange and resistance that animated the era on both sides of the Atlantic.” –English Historical Review
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