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Film architecture and the transnational imagination: set design in 1930s European cinema

Bergfelder, Tim, Harris, Sue and Street, Sarah (2007) Film architecture and the transnational imagination: set design in 1930s European cinema, Amsterdam, NL, Amsterdam University Press; University of Chicago Press, 316pp. (Film Culture in Transition).

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European cinema between World Wars I and II was renowned for its remarkable attention to detail and visual effects in set design. Visionary designers such as Vincent Korda and Alfred Junge extended their influence across national film industries in Paris, London, and Berlin, transforming the studio system into one of permeable artistic communities. For the first time, Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination provides a comparative study of European film set design in the late 1920s and 1930s. Based on a wealth of drawings, film stills, and archival documents from the period, this volume illuminates the emerging significance of transnational artistic collaboration in light of developments in Britain, France, and Germany. A comprehensive analysis of the practices, styles, and function of interwar cinematic production design, Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination offers new insight into the period’s remarkable achievements and influence on subsequent generations.

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Published date: 2007
Additional Information: Tim Bergfelder authored 'The Invisible Set' in Chapter 1 'Introduction: Understanding and Interpreting Set Design in Cinema' pp 11-18, and 'Germany' in Chapter 2 'European Set Design in the 1920s and 1930s: Cultural Contexts and Professional Practices' pp 32-56, and chapter 3 'Imagining Space in Late Weimar Cinema' pp 109-167.


Local EPrints ID: 79979
ISBN: 9789053569801
PURE UUID: ebef0041-1355-4de0-a492-5f8457180924

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Date deposited: 23 Mar 2010
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 23:15

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Author: Tim Bergfelder
Author: Sue Harris
Author: Sarah Street

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