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Julien Duvivier$
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Ben McCann

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091148

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091148.001.0001

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‘Piloting with concentration’: Julien goes to Hollywood

‘Piloting with concentration’: Julien goes to Hollywood

(p.110) 4 ‘Piloting with concentration’: Julien goes to Hollywood
Julien Duvivier

Ben McCann

Manchester University Press

This chapter will analyse Duvivier’s career in Hollywood. He was first invited to Hollywood by MGM in 1938 to direct The Great Waltz, and then moved to America shortly after the German occupation of France in 1940. He directed four films there during this period, including Lydia (1941) and The Impostor (1944), a loose remake of La Bandera (1935). The chapter explores the various techniques and themes that Duvivier developed during this period, and looks at the critical reception of his films in both French and American trade journals. The chapter also poses the question of whether a distinctively French cinematic sensibility can be recalibrated within the confines of the Classic Hollywood Cinema (CHC) tradition. Duvivier adapted to a different set of professional and commercial imperatives that enabled him to transcend infrastructural barriers and impose a distinctly French style on the American film industry.

Keywords:   Émigré filmmaking, Remake, Classic Hollywood Cinema, French film style, Reception

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