The Foreign Film Renaissance on American Screens, 1946–1973
Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2010 M11 5 - 367 pages
Largely shut out of American theaters since the 1920s, foreign films such as Open City, Bicycle Thief, Rashomon, The Seventh Seal, Breathless, La Dolce Vita and L’Avventura played after World War II in a growing number of art houses around the country and created a small but influential art film market devoted to the acquisition, distribution, and exhibition of foreign-language and English-language films produced abroad. Nurtured by successive waves of imports from Italy, Great Britain, France, Sweden, Japan, and the Soviet Bloc, the renaissance was kick-started by independent distributors working out of New York; by the 1960s, however, the market had been subsumed by Hollywood.
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For American cineastes fed on Hollywood's escapist and superpatriotic fare during World War II, the films emerging from abroad beginning with Italy's raw neorealistic Rome: Open City (1945) must have ... Read full review