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When Europe Made Hollywood: From Sunrise to High Noon

An exploration of how European filmmakers shaped American popular film.

A Hollywood movie is the quintessential form of American cinema: entertainment with a side order of escapism where good triumphs over evil. However, like the country itself, this style of film was forged through various external influences.

Explore some of the European influences which shaped Hollywood, from directors such as FW Murnau (German) and Michael Curtiz (Hungarian) and actresses Marlene Dietrich (German) and Greta Garbo (Swedish) who were courted by the American studios because of their success in 1920s Europe through to those forced into exile to escape the rise of fascism in the 1930s, like directors Billy Wilder (Austrian) and Fritz Lang (German.)

All made an indelible mark in this most American of popular forms and created some of Hollywood’s most distinctive and enduring films which reflected a more complex world than the popular myth of Hollywood would have us believe.

The strand ends with the 4K restoration of High Noon on its 70th anniversary.

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Films in this Season

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11 August

Fury - 35mm (N/C 12+)

With tremendous intensity from the naturalistic performances of leads Spencer Tracy and Sylvia Sidney, Fury is a striking cautionary tale.

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14 August

Casablanca (U)

Quintessential Hollywood, lovingly remembered for the Bogart-Bergman-Henried romantic triangle at its emotional heart.

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18 August

Double Indemnity (PG)

Barbara Stanwyck at her seductive peak.

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21 August

The Killers (PG)

Essential post War existential cinema starring Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner

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25 August

High Noon - 4K (U)

A quintessential classic of American cinema and the most watched film by presidents in the White House

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