Emigration and Immigration in Literature Selected Movies And Involvement In The Film Industry - Essay

Selected Movies And Involvement In The Film Industry

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Immigrant writers made an impact not just upon American literature, but other artistic modes of production. In particular, immigrants played a key role in the growth of the Hollywood film industry at all levels, from businessmen and investors to directors, screenwriters and actors. One of the most famous immigrant screenwriters and directors was Billy (Samuel) Wilder, born in Vienna in 1906; after a career as a journalist he moved into screenwriting in Berlin, before fleeing Hitler's Germany for America. As James Monaco argues, Wilder:

… was the most successful of the émigrés from Europe (as well as the most prolific). He arrived in Hollywood in 1934 … His writing...

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