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Foreign Devils

Exile and Host Nation in Hollywood’s Golden Age


Gábor Gergely

Foreign Devils investigates representations of exile in Hollywood cinema from 1930 to 1956 through the films of Peter Lorre, Béla Lugosi, and Conrad Veidt. This book dispels the assumption that by virtue of its hegemonic, reactionary, and exclusionary modes of representation, otherness is excluded from or only obliquely alluded to in classical Hollywood cinema. This book contends that Hollywood uses European émigré actors to speak of the experience of exile and the often-futile exilic attempts at integration into the host nation.
This original, cross-disciplinary study incorporates a number of research interests in film studies – specifically Hollywood cinema, exile and émigré filmmakers, the Golden Age of the studio system, the Universal Horror cycle, and Poverty Row filmmaking. Foreign Devils combines the close reading of key texts with a theoretical framework that encompasses body theory and theories of space and nation with historical accounts of immigration to the United States and American concepts of nationhood through the symbolism of blood and death studies.
Film studies students and academics, both undergraduate and postgraduate, as well as scholars in other disciplines, and anyone with an interest in Hollywood cinema, Central European culture in the 1930s-1950s, and European emigration to the United States will benefit from reading this book. Foreign Devils is also a valuable resource for courses in Hollywood filmmaking, émigré film, exile, Central European culture, nationalism studies, and Jewish studies.


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F The name at the end of each entry is the name of the character played by the actor in question. Peter Lorre, Hollywood films – Double Confession (Ken Annakin, ): Paynter Quicksand (Irving Pichel, ): Nick Dramoshag Rope of Sand (William Dieterle, ): Toady Casbah (John Berry, ): Slimane My Favorite Brunette (Elliott Nugent, ): Kismet The Beast with Five Fingers (Robert Florey, ): Hilary Cummins The Verdict (Don Siegel, ): Victor Emmric The Chase (Arthur Ripley, ): Gino Black Angel (Roy William Neill, ): Marko Three Strangers (Jean Negulesco, ): Johnny West Confidential Agent (Herman Shumlin, ): Contreras Hotel Berlin (Peter Godfrey, ): Johannes Koenig The Conspirators (Jean Negulesco, ): Jan Bernazsky Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra, ): Dr Herman Einstein The Mask of Dimitrios (Jean Negulesco, ): Cornelius Leyden Passage to Marseille (Michael Curtiz, ): Marius The Cross of Lorraine (Tay Garnett, ): Sergeant Berger  F Background to Danger (Raoul Walsh, ): Nikolai Zaleshoff The Constant Nymph (Edmund Goulding, ): Fritz Bercovi Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, ): Ugarte The Boogie Man Will Get You (Lew Landers, ): Dr Lorentz Invisible Agent (Edwin L Marin, ): Baron Ikito All Through the Night (Vincent Sherman, ): Pepi, the piano player The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, ): Joel Cairo They Met in Bombay (Clarence Brown, ): Capt. Chang Mr. District Attorney (William Morgan, ): Mr. Hyde The Face Behind the Mask (Robert Florey, ): Janos ’Johnny’ Szabo You’ll Find Out (David Butler, ): Professor Karl Fenninger Stranger on the Third Floor (Boris Ingster, ): The Stranger Island of Doomed Men (Charles Barton, ): Stephen Danel I Was an Adventuress (Gregory Ratoff, ): Polo Strange Cargo (Frank Borzage, ): M’sieu ’Pig’ Cochon Mr....

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