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Screening Europe in Australasia
Transnational Silent Film Before and After the Rise of Hollywood

By Julie K. Allen

Screening Europe in Australasia
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Hardback, 519 pages £80.00
Published: 2022
ISBN: 9781905816873
Format: 234mm x 156mm
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Subjects: Asian and Pacific Studies, Film History
Series: Exeter Studies in Film History

This book challenges the historical myopia that treats Hollywood films as always having dominated global film culture through a detailed study of the circulation of European silent film in Australasia in the early twentieth century.

Before World War I, European silent feature films were ubiquitous in Australia and New Zealand, teaching Antipodean audiences about Continental cultures and familiarizing them with glamorous European stars, from Asta Nielsen to Emil Jannings. After the rise of Hollywood and then the shift to sound film, this history—and its implications for cross-cultural exchange—was lost.

Julie K. Allen recovers that history, with its flamboyant participants, transnational currents, innovative genres, and geopolitical complications, and brings it vividly to life. She reveals the complexity and competitiveness of the early cinema market, in a region with high consumer demand and low domestic production, and frames the dramatic shift to almost exclusively American cinema programming during World War I, contextualizing the rise of the art film in the 1920s in competition with mainstream Hollywood productions.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.47788/ITZE9134

List of Figures

Part I: Film Distribution and Exhibition in Australasia before World War I

1. “A Window of the World”: Distribution and Exhibition of Early Film in Settler-Colonial Australasia
2. The Anglo-American Fathers of the Australian Combine: Cosens Spencer, T. J. West, and J. D. Williams
3. Trans-Tasman Cinema Traffic: Film Distribution and Exhibition in New Zealand Through World War I

Part II: European Films on Australasian Screens Through 1917

4. “THEIR WORK STANDS SUPREME”: Pathé Frères, Sarah Bernhardt, and French Art Films
5. “The most important event in the annals of the biograph in Australia”: The Triumph of Italian Historical Epics
6. “Like the hallmark on silver”: The Unquestioned Quality of Nordic Films
7. The Female Faces of German Film Abroad: Asta Nielsen, Henny Porten, and Madame Saharet
8. “We Fear No Combine”: Clement Mason’s European Film Imports in 1913

Part III: Competing with Hollywood on Quality

9. “Films as Foreign Offices:” Mason Super Films’ Promotion of Swedish and Italian Art Film in Australasia, 1919-25
10. The Rise of UFA, Cinema Art Films, and Anglo-German Solidarity against Hollywood

Works Cited
Appendix: Film List

The author's arguments and conclusions carefully and convincingly draw on well-selected historical sources: archival documentation and the daily Australasian press.

- Professor Emeritus Dr Martin Loiperdinger, University of Trier, Germany

Julie K. Allen is Professor of Comparative Arts and Letters at Brigham Young University. She is the author of Icons of Danish Modernity: Georg Brandes & Asta Nielsen (2012) and Danish but Not Lutheran: The Impact of Mormonism on Danish Cultural Identity, 1850-1920 (2017), as well as numerous articles about European silent film, fairy tales, migration, and the construction of cultural identity.

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 519 pages
 234mm x 156mm

 EPUB , 519 pages

BIC Code:
  ART023000, ART057000, HIS004000, PER004030, SOC052000
 University of Exeter Press


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