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1940: Taking over French Cinema

france based on novel or book world war ii german occupation 1940s antisemitism film industry

1940 : Taking over French Cinema

Release Date: May 19, 2019

Year    :   2019
Slogan    :   «»
Genres    :   Documentary, History
Production Companies    :   Talweg Production, France Télévisions, Histoire TV
Director    :   Pierre-Henri Gibert
Producers    :   Vincent Gazaigne, Julie Meigniez
Writers    :   Pierre-Henri Gibert, Christine Leteux

Paris, 1940. German occupation forces create a new film production company, Continental, and put Alfred Greven – producer, cinephile, and opportunistic businessman – in charge. During the occupation, under Joseph Goebbels’s orders, Greven hires the best artists and technicians of French cinema to produce successful, highly entertaining films, which are also strategically devoid of propaganda. Simultaneously, he takes advantage of the confiscation of Jewish property to purchase film theaters, studios and laboratories, in order to control the whole production line. His goal: to create a European Hollywood. Among the thirty feature films thus produced under the auspices of Continental, several are, to this day, considered classics of French cinema.

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