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. This season explores some of the European influences which shaped Hollywood, from directors such as F.W. Murnau (Germany) and Michael Curtiz (Hungary) and actresses Marlene Dietrich (Germany) and Greta Garbo (Sweden) 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 (Austria) and Fritz Lang (Germany). 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.

Season introduction and notes by Mark Cosgrove.

Presented by Watershed Cinema curator, Mark Cosgrove in collaboration with archive activists Invisible Women and Park Circus as part of Cinema Rediscovered on Tour, a Watershed project.

Season passes available: 5 films for €50, full season pass: 8 films for €70. Available at the IFI Box Office or over the phone at 01 679 5744.

Read more from Cinema Rediscovered Founder and Watershed Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove here.


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