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Author Frey, David Stephen, 1967- author.

Title Jews, Nazis, and the cinema of Hungary : the tragedy of success, 1929-44 / David Frey
Published London : I.B. Taurus : Bloomsbury Academic, 2018
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations
Series International library of twentieth century history ; 93
International library of twentieth century history ; 93
Contents When Silence became Loud : The Silent Era and the Origins of Sound -- Constructing the Fantasy of Hungary : Elite Concepts of the National -- National Cinema, International Stage : Film Trade and Foreign Relations -- Confusion and Crisis : The Jewish Question, the Film Chamber and the Construction of a Christian National Film Industry -- The Flawed Christian National System -- The War -- The National Spirit Doesn't Stick to Celluloid : Hungary's Failed Nationalist Film Experiments
Summary Between 1929 and 1942, Hungary's motion picture industry experienced meteoric growth. It leapt into Europe's top echelon, trailing only Nazi Germany and Italy in feature output. Yet by 1944, Hungary's cinema was in shambles, internal and external forces having destroyed its unification experiments and productive capacity. This original cultural and political history examines the birth, unexpected ascendance, and wartime collapse of Hungary's early sound cinema by placing it within a complex international nexus. Detailing the interplay of Hungarian cultural and political elites, Jewish film professionals and financiers, Nazi officials, and global film moguls, David Frey demonstrates how the transnational process of forging an industry designed to define a national culture proved particularly contentious and surprisingly contradictory in the heyday of racial nationalism and antisemitism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; description from resource and publisher's metadata (viewed on 2 April 2021)
Subject Motion pictures -- Hungary -- History.
Jews in the motion picture industry -- Hungary
World War, 1939-1945 -- Motion pictures and the war.
Jews in the motion picture industry.
Motion pictures.
War and motion pictures.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781350986947