Scandinavian C180: European Identities in Classic Hollywood and Los Angeles

Instructor: Arne Lunde

This new course explores myriad European identities within the classic Hollywood studio system and the city of Los Angeles between the 1910s and the 1960s. We will analyze and historicize the artistry and impact of European emigres and exiles on studio-system American cinema (especially film noir). Identities here include Victor Sjöström, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, and Warner Oland from Sweden, Germans and Austrians Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang, and Robert Siodmak, French exiles Jean Renoir, René Clair, and Julian Duvivier, and Italian-born Frank Capra. Europeans in LA (not least artistic and intellectual exiles from Hitler’s Nazi-occupied Europe in the 1930s and 1940s) inextricably shaped the cinema of the 20th century. Course taught in English.