The Story of Film examines world cinema in the period of 1939-1952 looks at film-making during and immediately after World War II. Hollywood films shift away from soft focus and begin to use the techniques of deep staging and deep focus as in John Ford's Stagecoach (1939) and Orson Wells's Citizen Kane (1941). It then looks at Italian Neorealism of Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio De Sica before examining the development of Film Noir in the films of Billy Wilder, Howard Hawks, and Ida Lupino. American films grow more serious though romantic film remain popular. In the late 40's, American cinema is investigated for communist activities and producers, actors, and directors are blacklisted. Meanwhile in Britain, Carol Reed creates the Noir classic The Third Man (1949)
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Cousins claims that the more 'adventurous' American directors were working in Europe in the mid-40s despite the fact that most European film industries were crippled by the ongoing Second World war. See more
Mark Cousins - Presenter
[about the rise of Film Noir
The romantic exuberance of Hollywood ebbed - it's paradise got a bit lost. And it showed.