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From Caligari to California : Erich Pommer's life in the international film wars

Author: Ursula Hardt
Publisher: Providence : Berghahn Books, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Erich (later Eric) Pommer (1889-1966), a native of Germany, was one of the great producers and promoters of film in this century. He had a life-long commitment to German film despite his emigration in 1933 and his work in France, Britain, and the United States during the Hitler years. As German producer, studio executive, and film politician in the pre-Hitler era, he was an innovator and pioneer - a vital force in
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Erich Pommer; Erich Pommer; Erich Pommer
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ursula Hardt
ISBN: 1571810250 9781571810250 1571819304 9781571819307
OCLC Number: 34514483
Description: vi, 256 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: International beginnings: --
The French connection: Berlin and Vienna --
The Balkans --
--
Berlin: Pommer's Decla: --
Looking beyond Germany --
German art film --
--
Ufa: silent film production: --
Berlin merger: Decla-Bioscop, Union-Film, Ufa --
Pommer's rise to power --
Pride before the fall --
Fall from grace --
--
American interlude: --
Hollywood --
Bringing Hollywood to Berlin --
--
Ufa: transition to sound film: --
The new Ufa --
Erich Pommer Produktion --
--
Exile and immigration: --
Paris --
Hollywood --
London --
Hollywood again --
--
Germany revisited: --
Postwar Germany --
Eric Pommer, U.S. military government film control officer --
Eric Pommer, independent producer.
Responsibility: Ursula Hardt.

Abstract:

Erich (later Eric) Pommer (1889-1966), a native of Germany, was one of the great producers and promoters of film in this century. He had a life-long commitment to German film despite his emigration in 1933 and his work in France, Britain, and the United States during the Hitler years. As German producer, studio executive, and film politician in the pre-Hitler era, he was an innovator and pioneer - a vital force in leading German cinema to international acclaim with successes such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Nibelungen, and The Blue Angel. As Motion Picture Control Officer of the U.S. Military Government he undertook, from 1946-49, the difficult task of rebuilding West Germany's film industry from the ashes of the Second World War. He succeeded brilliantly, but not without paying the hefty price of becoming embroiled in the turmoil of postwar German politics, which made him many friends, but also many enemies.

This book is the first detailed account in English of the remarkable career of Pommer, who became a legend in his own lifetime.

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